Department of Health Proposes New Records System
On June 26, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed to establish the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) Patient Treatment and Tracking Records System. The goal of this new records system is to collect individual health data from people receiving medical care provided by NDMS. The NDMS is a joint effort between HHS, the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Veteran’s Administration to provide additional resources to supplement the public health and health care actions local and state governments provide during emergencies. Under the proposal, all persons treated by NDMS medical staff may have their health data recorded and placed into a record system. This would include demographic information as well as data regarding patient diagnosis, treatment, and location. This data may be obtained from the individual patients, their physicians, or by access to the health records of patients.
Err, no thanks. And, what if I chose not to wnat to pay for it! Why the local version of the “Sherriff of Notingham” will come down and make me.
Where’s Robin Hood when you need him?
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