Dr. Samadi: Electronic Medical Records May Be Shared With 'a Lot of People'

Friday, 20 Sep 2013 05:28 PM

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You may not want to share you’re the most intimate details of your life with the family doctor – the information could wind up in electronic records shared with “a lot of other people,” a top surgeon at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York said Friday.

Dr. David Samadi, chairman of urology and chief of robotic surgery at the hospital, told “The Steve Malzberg Show” doctors using electronic medical record keeping are “going to be used, unfortunately, as an agent to get a lot of information that may or may not be necessary.”

“All of this information may be shared with a lot of other people,” he said. “So my advice is that … if you want to share [private information], it’s perfectly fine. If not, you can say, ‘I don’t like to share that with you’.”

Obamacare provides reimbursement incentives a deadline for those who adopt electronic medical records. For those who don’t meet the deadline, there will be penalties.

Samadi also stressed previous recommendations that have lowered the age for tests like prostate exams or mammograms were “a big mistake.” Women and men should have those screenings at age 40, he said.

Samadi also decried the lack of new antibiotics being developed because of the huge cost of research and development. The price we pay, however, is “falling behind in this war” against so-called super-infections that are resistant to current treatments, he said.

“Fifty percent of the antibiotics that we're using in this country [are] overused and you don't need it so that's what we need to be careful of,” he said.

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