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Ariella
Ariella
6/14/2016 10:35:26 AM
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Re: So Confused
@batye actually, it would make sense to work it that way for some common prescriptions. It can even be hooked into the computer systems for doctor's prescriptions and for insurance information.

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batye
batye
6/13/2016 4:25:53 AM
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Re: So Confused
@Ariella in Canada it the same at my pharmacy... I do hope one day it will improve...  but I think it gonna be soon like coca-cola or ATM machine put your card in get your medicine... 

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Michelle
Michelle
6/12/2016 5:03:06 PM
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Re: So Confused
@Ariella I hope the future will be better, but I suspect it's going to take a very long time to get there...

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elizabethv
elizabethv
6/11/2016 8:29:34 AM
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Re: What a Headache
@afwriter - you're right. Hospitals have been using tablets for awhile. When I was at urgent care with my son earlier this week there was a computer screen in the room that allowed them to pull up his lab results and we discussed them there. There is already a fair amount of use of technology in the healthcare setting. Drawbacks aside, I still support a larger system that would allow doctor to doctor information sharing of medical histories. Like all technology, the kinks will get worked out.

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afwriter
afwriter
6/10/2016 5:48:57 PM
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What a Headache
I know that this is all for the better and healthcare and technology are two industries that go hand in hand, but just reading the comments section on this article gives me anxiety.  I know one IoT area that has already been working for years in the health field is the use of tablets around the hospital.  Instead of having physical Xrays delivered the images can just be sent to a tablet that the doctor is already holding.

 

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Mike Robuck
Mike Robuck
6/10/2016 10:20:07 AM
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Re: So Confused
@elizabethv Service providers need to make sure they comply with HIPPA requirements. Lots of personal healthcare info going back and forth over the Interent. I did have some addiotnal questions on how this works on the backend, but AT&T wasn't ready to talk. 

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Ariella
Ariella
6/10/2016 8:50:37 AM
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Re: So Confused
@mpouraryan I've heard about pharmacy being an endangered profession for decades. I'm 100% certain that most of the people I seek working the pharmacy end of CVS are not pharmacists. There are one or two that rotate, but mostly there are cashiers who just check that your order is in and what you have to pay, then have you sign off. Though we still get some prescriptions there, when we can, we get the mail order associated with our insurance because the price can work out to be about 1/3 the cost. So in time that could cut a bit into the pharmacy business of even the major chains like CVS.

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Ariella
Ariella
6/10/2016 8:46:10 AM
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Re: So Confused
< that expectation only works well in theory. > @Michelle so true, I couldn't have put it better. 

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elizabethv
elizabethv
6/10/2016 8:31:20 AM
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Re: So Confused
@Ariella - I would think your reasonining is spot on. The biggest reason for a hesitation in data sharing is likely HIPAA. I know my doctor had all patients willing to be put on the internal computer system sign a document agreeing to do so. I know everyone wants their privacy protected, and that's certainly understandable. But I also worry it can go too far. If I need to be seen by a different doctor, why wouldn't it make sense that I would want that doctor to have as much information about my past health as is possible?

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Michelle
Michelle
6/9/2016 10:40:50 PM
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Re: So Confused
@Ariella interoperability and data portability are a serious issue for the healthcare industry. We all expected digital health records to be better than paper -- that expectation only works well in theory. 

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