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Opinion: Residents Should Carefully Consider e-Health Option


March 2, 2012

The Quebec government "has not done a stellar job of informing the population of digitization or what it could mean in terms of public privacy" when it comes to the transition to electronic health records, states an editorial in The Montreal Gazette. The system will automatically opt in every Montreal resident registered with Quebec's health insurance plan unless they fill out a refusal form by March 30. Despite the government's best intentions, there are concerns to be considered, the report states, including data that shows there was a 97-percent increase in healthcare breaches in the U.S. from 2010 to 2011.
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