Privacy. We’re beaten over the head with it daily. Don’t use unsecure email. Don’t divulge data to third parties. Don’t breach the privacy of doctor shoppers, prescription drug abusers, or violent patients. The big stick of million dollar fines awaits.
However, the elephant in the room is Government. It wants to be there for your smear, there for your tears, there in your private moments. Centrelink employees make the news each year by breaching privacy laws with little or no compensation for those affected.
Get the Government out of the consult room. Talk to your patients and give them care and value. It’s better all round.
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This is why I will not use the PCEHR | partridgegp
“G’day doc. I’m a little embarrassed to bring this up but…”
“No worries, you know you can be honest here. Let’s check your blood pressure first. It was a bit high last time.”
“Oh… ok. Not dangerously high I hope?”
“Well it was just above the benchmark, which is concerning. As you know I don’t get paid if I don’t look after your pressure. Let’s see… 140 over 90. Uh oh. I’m afraid we have to bump up your medications.”
“But doc, could it be stress? I wanted to tell you that…”
“Stress, stress… That’s all well and good but Medicare doesn’t care what the cause is. If it’s too high I miss out. And if I miss out you miss out, you know that don’t you? We also have to talk about your weight target. As I’ve told you before, if you don’t lose those extra pounds…
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