March 7, 2013 |
About 20 percent of America is suffering from a poor "credit health history" due to widespread inaccuracies in their data reported by at least one of the big three reporting agencies, the Federal Trade Commission announced recently. Some inaccuracies have caused unjustified higher fees for borrowing. But at least Americans can easily spot problems in their financial reports. They may be difficult or impossible to fix, but those records have to be provided to consumers. There are far more important records that may contain dangerous, inaccurate data, but aren't available anywhere: our personal medical files.
September 6, 1996
Americans have the right to detailed information about the health of presidential candidates before they put one of them in the Oval Office. And they deserve updates after that. Bill Clinton shortchanged the public as a candidate four years ago, and he is doing it again now. He seems to think that his robust appearance, backed by sunny words and skimpy details from his spokesman, will suffice. It won't. The health of his 73-year-old opponent, Bob Dole, has been documented by medical records released last year, and further explained in an interview Mr. Dole's doctor gave to a medical reporter for The New York Times.
December 1, 2012 |
Electronic medical records are considered by many health-care experts an essential tool in eventually providing better and more cost-efficient health care for Americans, but the implementation process is still in its infancy and has teething pains, as explained in a government report released Thursday. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) have provided financial incentives for doctors and hospitals to implement effective electronic records. According to CMS records, 51 hospitals in Pennsylvania and 15 in New Jersey have received payments, as have 3,798 Pennsylvania doctors and 2,135 of their colleagues in New Jersey.
February 23, 2014 |
The HealthShare Exchange of Southeastern Pennsylvania, a nonprofit formed to facilitate the electronic sharing of medical records among hospitals, doctors and insurers, has established its first link, between the University of Pennsylvania Health System and Crozer-Keystone Health System. The development, announced last week by HealthShare officials, was a big step in the highly fragmented Philadelphia-area health-care market, because the exchange could eventually close expensive information gaps that lead to redundant testing and other waste.
May 10, 2005 |
Patients can now create their own online medical records, receive electronic health alerts tailored to their ailments, and exchange e-mail with their doctors free of charge, under a service unveiled yesterday. The for-profit venture, called iHealthRecord, is part of an ongoing trend toward converting patient records, many of which still are maintained on paper, to the Internet. Health-care economists say conversion of patient records to databases linked to the Internet would save billions of dollars and greatly improve patient care by, among other things, helping to avoid medical errors.
March 6, 1994 |
Picture this: A man is found unconscious and rushed to the emergency room. Doctors fish in his wallet and find his Social Security number. They punch the number into a huge computer network with access to the medical records of every American. Within seconds, the doctors know all about the man - every allergy, diagnosis and treatment he's ever had. Now picture this: Potential employers, insurance companies or political adversaries punch that same Social Security number, tap into that same network - and find out about the man's drinking habits, his vasectomy and his psychoanalysis.
February 4, 2015 |
Cerner Corp., of North Kansas City, Mo., said Monday that it completed its $1.3 billion purchase of Malvern's Siemens Health Services, joining two rivals in the rapidly changing field of health-information technology. Cerner offered jobs to all but a few of the roughly 2,800 Siemens employees in Malvern, with 95 percent to 97 percent of them accepting the offers, said Dick Flanigan, a senior vice president at Cerner. "We wanted to maintain and build upon much of the work that's been done by the Malvern team," Flanigan said, adding that the deal included Siemens' corporate campus.
January 29, 2013 |
A South Philadelphia doctor, convicted on 18 of 19 counts relating to running a "pill mill" at his office at 7th and Morris Streets, was sentenced today to seven years in federal prison. Richard Minicozzi, 79, who lives in Elkins Park, sold prescriptions for oxycodone and distributed Vicodin and Xanax for cash to "patients" who had no legitimate need for the drugs, prosecutors said. Minicozzi's attorney, Jeff Miller, told the Inquirer that his client suffers from dementia and that wholesalers who sold him the drugs are guilty of profiting from the unusually high volumes Minicozzi ordered.
April 2, 2015 |
POTTSVILLE, Pa. - Convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal is in intensive care for treatment of diabetes and is "not doing well," his family said Tuesday. Abu-Jamal, 60, was taken from the state Correctional Institution-Mahanoy to Schuylkill Medical Center in Pottsville on Monday after passing out, his wife, Wadiya Jamal, said outside the hospital. His blood sugar level was very high, 779, when he arrived at the hospital and remains above 300, she said. Anything above 186 is considered dangerously high.
December 13, 1989 |
What do patients need in order to obtain their medical records? "A gun and a kind word," jokes Michael Rooney of the People's Medical Society, a nonprofit consumer rights group based in Allentown. Rooney says that patients who manage to get their medical records without a hitch are the exception rather than the rule. Not everyone agrees. Employees in the medical-records departments of Philadelphia hospitals contend that if you want a copy of your records, there's no problem.