2/16 Seminar: Computerized Medical Records

Telecom Sys. Policy instctsp at seas.gwu.edu
Thu Feb 8 13:23:47 EST 1996


                 "Third Fridays" Seminar - February 16, 1996
         "Technology and Health Care: Visions for the 21st Century"

        Institute for Computer & Telecommunications Systems Policy 
               Ronald Reagan Institute of Emergency Medicine
              Institute for Medical Imaging and Image Analysis

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                           Supported in part by 
  The George Washington University in celebration of the 175th Anniversary.  
      Other support provided by Picker International and Elscint, Inc.

                        FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
                   Refreshments served after the lecture.

                         Friday, February 16, 1996
                                  3-5 p.m.

                          Room 410-415 Marvin Center
                       21st & H St. NW, Washington, DC

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            COMPUTERIZED MEDICAL RECORDS AND HEALTH INFORMATION:
                  THE SOCIETAL BENEFITS AND PRIVACY ISSUES

                        Speaker: Dr. Alan F. Westin
                   Professor of Public Law and Government

                        Discussant: Marc Rotenberg
               Director, Electronic Privacy Information Center
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                                  Summary

  The computerized patient record and the large-scale trend analysis of 
  health care system operations have long been sought after developments 
  in the United States, and important waves of experimentation on both 
  fronts took place in the 1970s, 1980s, and early '90s.  Spurred by major 
  problems and reforms in the American health care system and by the arrival 
  of enhanced information technology capabilities, the era of computerized 
  medical record and health information processing has now begun.

  Should we see this as a promising advance or an ominous step?  Can we 
  have both a transaction-based, multi-access medical information system 
  and protection of individual privacy rights?  What are the dangers that 
  we should be aware of and address at the front end?  What organizational 
  and legal steps need to be taken to foster the right policies, and by  
  whom?  Is the prospect for having both informational medicine and 
  meaningful privacy a bright or stormy one in the current social and 
  political environment?

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