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Warner touts e-medical data despite hacker attack (access required)

A hacker’s theft of millions of Virginia’s most sensitive prescription drug records isn’t slowing Sen. Mark Warner’s push for electronic medical records. The former governor convened a conference in Richmond last week about the medical and cost-saving benefits of digitizing hundreds of millions of patient records nationally. “We’ve been talking about this subject, policymakers have, for decades: ...

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  1. There are issues to be worked out for sure, but we can’t let our fears get in the way of the possibilities of digital medicine. I think one solution is patient control of at least some information — I use Microsoft HealthVault (http://www.healthvault.com/Personal/index.html) to keep track of my blood pressure, weight, last tetanus shot, etc., and have easy access to it whenever I want. I’m sharing it with my doctor, and he’s happy about the extra data. This kind of thing is the future, as far as I’m concerned!

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