Look For Health Care Bottlenecks

 

 

 

“But don’t worry, it’s totally secure. Carl Smith Jr. was the first physician in Harlan County, Kentucky, to introduce EHR. “Because of this technology,” Dr. Smith says, “we can send the patient’s prescription electronically by secure email to pharmacies.”

Wow! “Secure email” – what a concept! It’s a good thing the email is secure at American pharmacies because nothing else is. Last Christmas, while guest-hosting at Fox News in New York, I had a spot of ill health and went to pick up a prescription at Duane Reade on Sixth Avenue. The woman ahead of me was having some difficulties. She was a stylish lady d’un certain age, and she caught my wandering eye. After prolonged consultation with the computer, the “pharmacist” informed her (and the rest of us within earshot) that her insurer had approved her Ortho but denied her Valtrex. I was thinking of asking her for cocktails at the Plaza, when I noticed the other women in line tittering. It seems that Ortho is a birth-control pill, and Valtrex is a herpes medication.

So good luck retaining any meaningful doctor-patient confidentiality in a system in which more people – insurers, employers, government commissars, TSA Obergropinführers, federal incentive-program auditors – will be able to access your medical records than in any other nation on Earth.”