Commentary: EMRs raise concerns about privacy

06/12/2006 | Boston Globe (tiered subscription model), The

If it succeeds, the growing national effort to convert paper medical records to electronic records by 2014 could result in improved efficiency and accuracy for filling prescriptions and conducting tests, fewer medical errors and a database for scientific research. However, many are concerned about privacy issues and data mining, issues that could be addressed by a decentralized approach to databases and increased consumer participation in the process to create e-health records.

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