The other night I read an amazing story about a new rule from HHS, which will allow patients to see who has accessed and viewed their electronic medical record. Needless to say, I was fairly unimpressed with how much money, time, and energy was likely expended to produce more government red tape that doesn’t help anyone get better healthcare. Does this rule surrounding patients actually do anything to better healthcare outcomes? How does this improve anything other than the potential for patients to be able to sue a peeping Tom? Can someone help us out here? It seems like such a waste of money to me. Maybe I’m missing something.
Dr. West is an endocrinologist in private practice in Washington, DC. He completed fellowship training in Endocrinology and Metabolism at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. West opened The Washington Endocrine Clinic, PLLC, as a solo practice in 2009. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.