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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.
The current guidelines, last updated in 1987, require patients to specify exactly who gets information about their care. But advocates of change say the new rule will fit in better in the era of sharing patient data through electronic medical records.
A malware attack against two Prime Healthcare hospitals in South California, which federal authorities are investigating, comes soon after a case in which hackers demanded ransom from a Los Angeles hospital.