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