Experts: Inaccurate data in PHRs could present risks to patients

04/13/2009 | Boston Globe (tiered subscription model), The

Technologies for personal health records could empower patients, but such systems also pose risks because they rely on billing information, which could reflect coding inaccuracies and do not completely indicate people's medical conditions, experts said. Dr. Paul Tang, chief medical information officer at Palo Alto Medical Foundation and member of a panel tasked to advise the Obama administration on health IT policy, said such problems should be studied further to protect patients.

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