Now here’s a “no kidding” article if there ever was one

The daily’s Business section reports that Arizona’s senior citizens have been slow to enroll in a federal program that encourages them to store their personal medical histories on Google or other commercial Web sites.

They may be older, but we bet few of them are stupid.

Medicare and participating software vendors acknowledge that a small percentage of Arizona’s 800,000 Medicare recipients, less than the estimated 3 percent to 6 percent of consumers nationwide, have signed up for the $2.5 million health-records program introduced in January. Discussion now centers on whether the one-year experiment should continue next year.

The selling point of advocates has been that digitalizing health records makes information more readily available to physicians, potentially alerting them to adverse drug interactions. The records can also remind patients about their own allergies, track past treatments and tests. Somehow people have been able to do this throughout their lifetimes while maintaining their privacy. The trade-off obviously doesn’t have wide appeal.

And tucked into the article is the fact that few doctors use the computerized systems. A New England Journal of Medicine study in 2008 found that just 4 percent of U.S. doctors have a comprehensive digital records system and 13 percent have a basic system.

Arizona‘s seniors are a testament to the adage that age brings wisdom.

4 Responses to Now here’s a “no kidding” article if there ever was one

  1. Doc says:

    Especially here in good ‘ol Sunny Arizona. This has been available for several years. But NOBODY with a brain cell functioning utilizes it. Because to my knowledge, Phoenix, Arizona is STILL the identity THEFT capitol here on terra-firma.

    The question is…isn’t this very type of thing part of B-HO & Co.’s plan for socialized medicine???

  2. Matt DeGennaro says:

    Being asked to put personal information on a website is a choice. Being required to is a different story. I agree with Doc regarding the identity theft aspect. But even more troubling is the notion that people are so naive that they will post their most personal information and expect safety. Not only is there not a chance in the world I would participate in such a venture, but I will alert everyone I know to the infringement aspect of this overreach.

  3. Jana Simmons says:

    Identity theft is rampant here, with the latest pilfering being done in hospitals and pediatricians offices, where the victims are newborns and toddlers — who will not discover the nightmare for 15 or 20 years. The largest group of such thieves are Hispanic women working in ER admittance and doctor’s offices.

    Anyone placing their faith in this system deserves what they get. Think first, people. Privacy is precious, regardless of what you might have learned from Oprah and Jerry Springer.

  4. Doc says:

    Hey, while on this topic, I just came across THIS:

    http://liveshots.blogs.foxnews.com/2009/07/31/what-google-knows-about-you/?test=latestnews
    AND Napolitano’s scameras are tracking our movements, 24/7/365, according to D.P.S. Commander T. Woodward. Welcome to the new world order. Big brother will take care of everything. Big brother will even tell you when/where to end your life.