Privacy concerns over EMR systems

I was researching EMRs for a Congress presentation, as I mentioned before, and the privacy concerns were among the top issues for both doctors and medical administrators.
It is known that Google and Microsoft are making progress with their products, expecting everyone to have online EMRs in short time. It caused me a little trouble to try them, because they are only available in the USA, and I had to browse them with a proxy.
It is known that Microsoft has a very limited online EMR, HealthVault, but they purchased Amalga, a top-level EMR solution and they are trying it in several US hospitals. Amalga comes from «amalgamate», or unite, because it unites several sources of medical information about a single patient.
Google Health has also a limited version online, but they are working on a full solution. The question is about the future free EMR from Google. Will it have Adsense ads?
How will anyone feel checking his own EMR on Google and finding ads related to his condition? It will be ok if the guy is diabetic and finds ads about insulin syringes. But what if he has terminal cancer and finds ads about coffins and private cemeteries?
Sorry for being blunt. It just came first to my mind.

Medical Knowledge Marketplace

Imagine a situation where a complicated case is exposed to an unexperienced doctor, far from a high complexity center.
Today, the universal EMR is very uncommon. Even when broad-band Internet connections are widely available in most cities, most patients do not have access to their medical records. However, let ‘s assume that this patient has his data online. The physically-present doctor does not have a marketplace where to seek advice. He can maybe bother a friend once or twice, or even pay him. But this friend is no assurance of quality, availability or price.
Translation is an activity ideal for electronic marketplaces, because it is inherently international and can be performed 100% online. Any buyer can enter an e-marketplace and shop for an available, able, cheap translator.
However, medical knowledge does not have such a marketplace yet. This «medical knowledge marketplace» should have at least these features:
– access to a reliable online EMR (electronic medical record) for patients
– a doctor’s database, with a critical number of providers in any field. These providers do not need to travel to market their knowledge, because the transactions are essentially online.
– a companies database, ready to buy knowledge on given clinical cases, from doctors online. These companies will be validated in their contact data, and they will be required to pay any services bought thru the marketplace. Or face blacklisting.
– quality assurance service for doctors who want to validate their credentials by any necessary mean
– transaction platform, including bidding, alert mailing and auction

Other features present in current service eMarketplaces:
– forum
– contests
– tests
– blacklist of those who broke the market rules
– product offerings
– group purchases
– physical meetings

This market would be ideal for isolated places where no doctor would visit, for second medical opinion and for 3rd World doctors willing to sell their knowledge in the 1st World.
In the near future, it would be nonsensical NOT to have a Medical Knowledge Marketplace.

Trabajando en la intersección de la Medicina y la Internet

Concibo el futuro cercano de la atención médica como un espacio conectado y distribuido donde solo unas pocas personas tienen contacto directo con el paciente, y una serie de consultores examinan los datos relevantes y hacen recomendaciones. El paradigma de eHealth hará que la medicina sea ultraespecializada, aunque más despersonalizada, rápida y barata. Los modelos actuales de e-business se están demorando en ingresar al campo de la salud porque éste es muy conservador, pero entrarán para siempre, con gran impacto y éxito. Mucho dinero para los pioneros. (nosotros). Por ejemplo:

– Telemercados, donde el paciente exige ofertas de servicios de todos los proveedores posibles;

– Subastas, donde se venden los servicios / horas médicos al mejor comprador:

– Redes sociales, donde médicos y consultores están calificados por colegas, en línea, en todo el mundo.

– Sistemas expertos: publicidad según el PPC y modelos relacionados, utilizando los canales específicos del médico para permitir la publicidad ética farmacéutica.

Comparación de diferentes sistemas de registros médicos electrónicos

Por solicitud de un cliente, investigué varios productos para Historia Clínica Digital.
Comparé los mismos y presenté un documento en el Congreso Latinoamericano de Informática Médica, INFOLAC, aquí en Buenos Aires.
El cliente produce un sistema de Registro Médico Electrónico (EMR) con algunas características de vanguardia, y quería introducir el tema en la comunidad de información médica. Paralelamente, estaba buscando un producto que pudiera usar para pacientes de consulta remota. Entonces, finalmente, ambas líneas convergieron y tuve recursos para realizar una investigación bastante completa sobre el tema. Me sorprendió saber que, a pesar de estar en 2008 a la máxima velocidad de TI, la mayoría de los hospitales en América Latina y otros lugares aún tienen registros médicos. solo en papel. Hay una buena oportunidad para avanzar en este asunto. Pronto publicaré los resultados de mi encuesta en los sistemas de EMR disponibles en la Web.