2016-04-16#

HIPAA has failed!#

HIPAA includes a section, Title II, entitled Administrative Simplification, requiring:
  • Improved efficiency in healthcare delivery by standardizing electronic data interchange, and
  • Protection of confidentiality and security of health data through setting and enforcing standards.

From and patient perspective, HIPAA has failed on both items.

Anyone who has recently been to a Doctor's office can relate to my recent experiences.

Went to my primary Health Care Provider and was of course required, as in if you do not sign, no service, several pages of complex and meaningless to the average patient, of HIPAA forms. This was in addition to the fact that I had already been to this Health Care Provider's web site and filled out several forms and agreed to HIPAA items there.

I provided my primary Health Care Provider with printed records from my personal medical records a history of related procedures and previous diagnoses. I also provided, by way of paper forms, answers to my medical history.

And as often happens, my primary Health Care Provider referred me to a "Specialist" Health Care Provider where I again was required to several pages of complex and meaningless to the average patient, of HIPAA forms.

The "Specialist" Health Care Provider asked about the history of related procedures and previous diagnoses and by way of paper forms, answers to my medical history.

BTW, they are both in the same building complex.

The "Specialist" Health Care Provider suggested we do a procedure and I scheduled an appointment at the clinic where the procedure is to be performed. I was told to arrive 15 minutes earlier than the appointment, when I again was required to several pages of complex and meaningless to the average patient, of HIPAA forms AND asked about the history of related procedures and previous diagnoses and by way of paper forms, a answers to my medical history.

BTW, they are both in the same building complex, in fact, the clinic was used the same waiting room.

So how has HIPAA done on "Improved efficiency in healthcare delivery by standardizing electronic data interchange"?

My Personal Health Record (PHR)#

I have tried for years to find a method of obtaining my Personal Health Record as an Electronic Medical Record and have yet to find nothing out there is even close.

In this case, My primary Health Care Provider had a nice and pretty well thought out portal where I could:

  • schedule and cancel appointments
  • See and pay bills including Insurance results
  • see medical information that was performed by my primary Health Care Provider.

However, I could not:

  • Upload any data to the site.
  • Send email to my my primary Health Care Provider (Or any other method of communication)

Whenever I have asked Health Care Providers why they do not have these capabilities they site either money or Federal Health Care Laws.

More Information#

There might be more information for this subject on one of the following: ...nobody

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