Albany, N.Y. – According to a report by the Defense Department’s testing office, the DOD’s electronic health record system called MHS GENESIS was deemed neither operationally effective nor suitable. The report listed 53 system failures that qualified as critical. The report also stated that such incidents may also jeopardize patient safety.
Senator Patty Murray said, “Disturbing reports of inaccurate prescriptions, misdirected patient referrals, long wait times and simply opening a patient’s records in a timely fashion go beyond a normal IT problem. This has had significant morale impact on practitioners in my state, not to mention concerns about putting patients’ lives at risk.”
Additionally, the report stated that personally identifiable and protected health information data stored within the program is not protected in accordance with DOD standards.
- Policies and rules when it comes to personal and patient health information
- Could the system failure lead to patients filing lawsuits
- What legal rights do patients have in regards to the issues outlined in the DOD report
Tully Rinckey PLLC Founding Partner Greg T. Rinckey, a former active duty JAG attorney with decades of legal experience emphasizing the military, federal employment law and security clearance representation sectors. Mr. Rinckey is also co-author of the book “Strategies for Military Criminal Defense: Leading Lawyers on Understanding the Military Justice System, Constructing Effective Defense Strategies, and Navigating Complex Cases.”
“Health care is ever changing the tools used to navigate patient information and services. Regardless, The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act or HIPPA exists to ensure that no matter what system is being used, patient information remains protected. Providers have obligations to keep your health information private and secure,” said Tully Rinckey PLLC Founding Partner Greg T. Rinckey.
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