I have to wonder, are the standards so much ado about nothing?
Are they so flimsy that we can’t even have an informed debate about them?
I don’t think so.
They are designed to help us monitor our health and make sure that we don’t get the flu, for example, and they have some merit.
The new guidelines from the Food and Drug Administration are also designed to make sure we have adequate and timely access to the services we need to care for ourselves and our families.
The key thing is that we have to be sure that the standards aren’t so easily applied.
The FDA says it’s aiming to reduce the number of errors in medical records by 15 percent over the next five years, but we should not forget that the new regulations will also have to apply to the vast majority of medical providers.
This means we’ll have to wait a while for the final rules.
I think the FDA should set up a public comment period.
The current rules are set to take effect in December, but the agency needs to set up public comment for the draft rules, too.
The FDA also has to come up with a new policy for how doctors and other health professionals will handle the information technology needed to keep records in place.
The agency has said it will issue guidelines for doctors to use in cases where electronic records are used in an automated way, but I’m not sure that’s going to be easy.
There’s also a huge number of regulations, and there’s going in an inevitable direction.
If the FDA is really going to get serious about protecting patient privacy, they should start with the new rules.