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Today, individual health and medical data can be collected, collated, stored, analyzed and distributed in unprecedented quantities and put to diverse uses. Payers can not only tap patient data for claims payment; they use it for utilization review, underwriting and coverage decisions. Employers use health data to reduce their health care and workers compensation costs, as well as to identify employees who may be costly in the future. Health care providers use the data for research, to collect reimbursement, coordinate diagnosis and treatment, conduct quality assurance and monitor other providers. Clinical data repositories and management systems will likely reduce health care costs and improve patient care.
Clinical data management (CDM) systems and increasing automation of the electronic medical record ("EMR") also present significant patient privacy and confidentiality issues, among others, which executives and planners must recognize. Understanding these issues insures that CDM and EMR systems are effective without exposing its hosts and users to liability.
The resources on this page are intended to bring the internet's resources to the interested individual on medical records, privacy and confidentiality issues. Please feel free to contribute material here by e-mailing me at email@example.com