via Emergency Medicine Doc (catchy title) Once Again Technology Fails
The other day I saw a patient with abdominal pain.’ The patient had the pain for some time.’ They had a CT scan of the abdomen at an outpatient radiology facility the day before.’ I asked if she knew the result, and she said, ‘No, but can’t you just pull it up off of your computer?’ The answer of course was ‘No.’’
I see this all the time, as well. One of the consequences of this inability to share information is extra testing, repeating CT’s, etc.
It’s easy to blame HIPAA for this, and I will, but it’s also a true failure of imagination and effort.