Below is the 15 second summary.
The benefits of digitized patient records are:
- Easier communication
- Increased accuracy, growing from that easier communication
- Lowers costs because of increased accuracy and easier communication
Now for the costs:
- 100,000 digital records are easier to steal than 100,000 paper records
- Large electronic systems are much more open to abuse by hackers, unscrupulous doctors, disgruntled employees (such as in this case, which is not what it seems)
- Easier medical identity theft*
Major take-way:Patients should have full access to their records, and control over privacy should not be all (every doctor gets every patient's records) or nothing (no digitization).
Valerie's post has a good summary of the technical magic involved! This presentation went from 0-100 pretty fast, but her consistent use of clip-art characters ("Dr Alice", "Charlie" etc) made it easier to keep up. Most of the presenters I have seen need to remember: Low, Slow and Loud. Lots of fast talking to finish in time.
*Medical identity theft is where thieves get medical care they cannot afford, or access to medication and equipment for the purpose of reselling it.