The following appeared a few days ago.
Doc: EHR Problems Affect Patient Relationships
JUN 8, 2012 12:21pm ET
Electronic health records systems definitely affect the willingness of patients to share medical information, sometimes in a negative way, says psychiatrist Scott Monteith, M.D.
He spoke during a session at the Health Privacy Summit in Washington. Monteith, medical informaticist at Michigan State University, uses an EHR in his practice. A recent patient, feeling stigmatized by past diagnoses, opted not to reveal private medical information, he said.
Two years ago, another of Monteiths patients found an error in her electronic health records that indicated a history of inhalant abuse. It turned out that the EHR did not distinguish between four similar diagnostic codes, which included inhalant abuse, which the patient had not experienced, and caffeine addiction, which she had.
The EHR bundled the four diagnoses, and the viewing window had room to display...
This is the initial part of the post - read more by clicking on the title of the article. David.