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Marz
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I went to the eye doctor today--just routine, not lyme related.

They reviewed my Rxs on computer and good grief--they even knew I take cod liver oil!

What else do they know that they didn't mention? Is your diagnosis code there too?

Does anyone NOT sign this?

I can see the advantage eg. if you go to ER, they have everything right there, but this makes me uncomfortable.

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I know. If you have EVER told a Dr or nurse what you are taking, the records are there for ALL to see.

It will get worse, trust me.

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Marz
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Guess I'm thinking if one DOESN'T sign they think you have something to hide.

I'm just a paranoid person either way.

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It sucks. Last winter, I went to a new Cardiologist and he already had all of my prescriptions on the computer screen. I felt violated. They already knew I was on Malarone and lots of other weird meds.

In my state the Drs have a computer program that automatically links up to the pharmacies. You don't even have a choice of not signing anything, they automatically have access to it. It's supposed to prevent prescription drug abuse...yeah right.

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Marz
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Yes, lax mom--violated is the word for how I felt.

Do you think our diagnostic codes for everything we see an MD for is there too?

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My question is how do they have the rt to Electronically Records when we sign a HIPPA to not have them released? I dont care what the ACA says it does not supercede HIPPA.. This is a major legal battle coming down the pike
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Some doctors won't treat you if you don't sign the HIPPA thing...

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It's not that way in my state. I have to take a list of meds to all my appointments, except my LLMD, who has the master list on his computer.

ACA shouldn't have anything to do with this. My LLMD has had computerized records as long as I have been seeing him, 12 years. He wasn't Lyme literate for the first 4+ years.

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Razzle
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But the ACA requires records to be computerized. And many MD's are networking with major medical facilities (hospitals, etc.) to "integrate" their databases...at least, this is going on where I live...

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if you read the fine print you will see..... you are signing that you GIVE the right for them to disclose as they see fit.

this includes showing records to law enforcement, etc. yes. hate it.

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Same thing happened to me at my last visit w/ my allergist. The nurse started listing off meds I took like 5 years ago!

I became very irritated and yes a bit confrontational because I felt violated in that I needed to explain all my meds to her - even ones I had not taken in years and ones I filled but never even took.

They even had my Liposomal ART on file - she could not even pronounce it. I have mixed feelings about this but can say for sure I felt like she was judging me for meds I took post op 5 years ago. She did not even know what Babesia was.......

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I think doctors who don't take medicare insurance do not have to have electronic records.

What I am wondering is whether a doctor who puts your information on his computer necessarily is linked to anyone else. Might they just not be doing that as a way of keeping track of everything?

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I agree.

In theory it is not a bad idea but when the intake Nurse says to me "Geez your on a lot of meds" with a tone when in fact I was on no meds I get ruffled.

I had to go through a 5 yr. history of med's half of which I never took and the other half she needed me to tell her what each one treated. That took over 30 minutes - 30 minute drug history for someone that is not even on meds! The doctor spent 5 minutes with me.

Guess they don't want to rely on self report.

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I had one nurse tell me that she couldn't remove the incorrect meds!! I haven't seen that Dr recently so I don't know if they have gotten that fixed.

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Nothing like that appears to be going on where I live.
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