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One of the most popular electronic health records software systems used by hospitals, Epic Systems, can delete records or require cumbersome workarounds when clocks are set back for an hour, prompting many hospitals to opt for paper records for part of the night shift.
Federal law guarantees that people have the right to see and obtain a copy of their medical records. But, hospitals, doctors, pharmacies and insurance companies often erect obstacles.
A new link creates two-way access to the state registry that documents the type of medical care sick and frail patients want — or refuse.
The health care industry thrives on ordering up tests and treatments, but some hospitals are urging restraint.
An Obama administration veteran will take the helm of Cal INDEX as it combines with the Inland Empire Health Information Exchange, creating a database covering nearly 17 million patients.
In an interview and written commentary, the president comes out swinging about Republicans’ plans to delay a health law replacement, if they repeal the current law. That strategy, he said, “is, simply put, irresponsible.”
San Diego and Contra Costa counties are piloting a registry so emergency responders can know quickly how much treatment patients want.
‘Progress has been slower than we hoped,’ says one official at Cal INDEX, backed by $80 million from two large insurers.
They recognize the responsibility, but some may need training.