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    Your Voice: Government to blame for no universal healthcare

    Your cartoon “Expecting a universal EHR standard is a childlike belief” (Medical Economics, October 25, 2017), states that a universal data set is a childlike dream. The fact that the previous administration, through HHS, forced an ill-planned EHR mandate on us, makes them the children.

    We should have constructed a universal data format that would easily be portable for patients and physicians, but no one solicited the opinion of practicing physicians. 

    We have seen $27 billion wasted on incompatible records that will never speak to each other.

    We can go to any gas station pump, insert a variety of credit cards and securely pay for our gasoline.

    Patients should be able to receive a flash drive with all of their medical data and keep it for their own record, take it to the hospital or healthcare provider of their choice and share the portion of their data that is appropriate for that provider. This would be performed with secure encryption controlled by the patient.

    The fact that we don’t have this is directly the fault of the federal regulations that forced the ill-advised HITECH Act upon us.

    The demise of quality primary care is a direct result of this poor governmental action.

    Henry Kaldenbaugh, MD, FAAP
    Camp Verde, Arizona

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