Archives for 2008
CAIRO: Mandatory premarital medical testing is an inherently flawed and potentially counter-productive policy that contravenes basic rights, the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) argued in a new lawsuit filed yesterday before Egypt’s Court of Administrative Justice.
The case challenges the new policy, adopted last summer, requiring all citizens wishing to marry to submit to a comprehensive and mandatory medical examination as a prerequisite for registering their marriage.
Mandatory testing, the plaintiffs argue, violates the protection afforded by Egypt’s Constitution and international human rights treaties for the rights to privacy and personal autonomy and imposes an excessive limitation on the right to marry and start a family.
SAN DIEGO – Microsoft, Scripps Health, Affymetrix and Navigenics will launch what the companies say is ground-breaking research to evaluate the impact of personal genetic testing on the health and psyche of a patient. The study will offer genetic scans to up to 10,000 employees, family and friends of Scripps Health system and will measure changes in participants’ behaviors over a 20-year period.
Researchers will use healthcare IT to study genetic variations linked to many diseases. “The study will afford researchers the opportunity to better understand ways to prevent, diagnose and treat disease,”according toMicrosoft officials. “This project represents the largest single opportunity to date for modern genetics to move outside the laboratory and directly to consumers,” saidKevin King, president of Affymetrix. The study follows heated presidential election debates over how to reduce the costs of healthcare through better use of preventive care. It also comes as physicians and stakeholders continue to wrangle over the value and timing of using genetic information to treat patients.
I can’t stand it any longer! This nonsense that electronic health records will save money must stop! We have a six-man orthopedic group in Lubbock, Texas, and have had one company for six years and were ill advised to switch to another this year. Both are nothing special, don’t save time, don’t save money, don’t save paper, are not safer for patients.
My God, who are the idiots who have convinced our legislators that these systems will somehow save money? Improve patient safety? Hogwash! Try to update a longstanding patient’s profile in your computer … see how long it takes you, how slowed down your office will be. I just read that there are only 50 practices using our current company in the U.S. I know why—the system has huge flaws, like not being able to fax batched documents. Where are the efficiencies? For $250,000, I could have hired more staff, funded my pension and taken a hell of a vacation. Somebody please stop this misinformation.
With the first phase of Medicare’s mandate for e-prescribing rolling out in January, healthcare IT leaders, led by Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt, gathered Tuesday in Boston to jumpstart the initiative.
“We know it saves lives, we know it saves money, and it’s time to implement it.”
Leavitt tied the nation’s current economic crisis to the rising costs of healthcare and noted that going electronic with prescriptions helps provide cost-savings for patients, doctors and the entire healthcare system.
“It’s an economic imperative in this country,” he said.
California hospitals will face tougher penalties for patient privacy breaches and must do more to inform state regulators of such lapses, according to two new laws signed earlier this week by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The state will create the Office of Health Information Integrity within the California Health & Human Services Agency, and appoint a director to assess penalties against individuals who violate patient privacy, with fines up to $250,000. Monies from the penalties will be used to support healthcare quality-improvement projects. The director can also recommend to state and federal licensing authorities further regulatory action.
Another new law sets fines for hospitals that fail to protect patients’ information of up to $250,000. The law also raises fines for serious medical errors in hospitals from $25,000 to up to $125,000 per