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March 5, 2010

Data Collection from Patients

Filed under: Uncategorized — toryjohnson30 @ 12:41 am

For some time now, policy makers and healthcare managers have urged physicians to keep records of their patient’s race and ethnic group. Many of the policy makers have set standards for collecting data and reporting it so the effort is more coordinated. Not only this, but the new health bill that is now going through congress also includes many steps for the taking records of patients. Even though much concern is brought to the idea of taking records of patient demographics, many physicians do not do this.  There is no incentive for doctor’s to go through with this process. For a physician to take record of all their patients would be very time consuming and not only this, but the gathering of data based on race and ethnicity serves no clinical purpose. Also, at this time only about 20% of physician’s offices carry some type of computer based data, almost all use paperwork and note taking for patient history. Hopefully, at some time, physicians will have incentive to record data to help provide probabilistic genetic information on ethinicities to help further the development of health care.

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