Last month, I blogged about the "personal" nature of electronic health records in France, based on a blog post by American-born, Paris-based health IT consultant Denise Silber. Well, Denise read my post and e-mailed me, or maybe it was I who sent the link to her. I've been in Vegas the last three days and the memory is a bit fuzzy at this stage. A few e-mails later, I had her on the phone for this podcast. Enjoy.
Podcast details: HIT consultant Denise Silber on European initiatives. MP3, mono, 64 kbps, 10.3 MB, running time 22:36
1:00 Background on her e-health consulting and marketing work 2:40 France's "personal medical record" 3:40 Fears of Big Brother on both sides of the Atlantic and French data privacy laws 4:25 Patient control of records in France 5:15 HIPAA confusion in the U.S. 6:00 Conflicts between French law and European standards for physicians, and patient concealment of personal health information 6:55 Usage and costs of French health system, including electronic insurance cards 8:25 Differences between French system and other European health systems 9:42 Physician use of EMRs and computers in France 10:25 Current status of French EMR projects 11:47 Standards 12:28 Purpose of the French PMR 13:05 Accuracy and quality of consumer health information 14:45 Physician shortage in France 15:47 HON Code 16:47 New organization for health information improvement in France 18:45 Consumerism in healthcare and transparency 21:10 Other forms of information accreditation