We may not see any action from Dossia in the near future if the items in this article hold true. E-health records can be a good thing, but unfortunately privacy issues and organizations using the information for profitability, insurance qualification and claim processing is standing in the way and doesn't look to go away any time soon. If the public could be assured that data mining for other purposes would not take place and privacy would be assured...well it could be a different story, not to mention the flurry of lawsuits that are emerging. BD
Electronic health systems are supposed to help improve health care. But apparently, if you're involved with a big project to build an e-health records system, it can be harmful to your own health. Side effects may include headaches, lost sleep, and lawsuits.
Dossia's ambitious project to provide e-health records to more than 2.5 million employees, retirees, and dependents is unraveling, at least when it comes to the relationship it has with Omnimedix Institute, the nonprofit organization that Dossia hired to develop the system, which was to include a massive, federated data warehouse.
Despite the trouble between Dossia and Ominmedix, "Dossia is committed to providing lifelong health records to its employees," said the spokeswoman, who wears dual hats for Dossia and Intel.
Dossia "knew we'd need multiple vendors" said the spokeswoman, who admits that the coalition is "talking to other vendors" about providing technology and other services for the worker e-health record project. Dossia remains committed to offering e-health records to at least some employees by the "end of 2007," she said.
While the Dossia effort is ambitious in that it's the largest employer coalition currently attempting to provide workers with personal e-health records, Dossia isn't alone in the problems it's encountering in getting its e-health system moving along.