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Man Charged £2,000 For Medical Records Stored On Obsolete System 368

An anonymous reader writes "In Britain, where it is custom and practice to charge around £10 for a copy of your medical results, a patient has discovered that his copy will cost him £2,000 because the records are stored on an obsolete system that the current IT systems cannot access. Can this be good for patient care if no-one can access records dating back from a previous filing system? Perhaps we need to require all current systems to store data in a way that is vendor independent, and DRM-free, too?"
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Man Charged £2,000 For Medical Records Stored On Obsolete System

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 07, 2012 @05:42PM (#41912199)

    That'll fix all the issues. London has fog, too, so the clouds are even easier to access.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 07, 2012 @06:29PM (#41912757)

    Eh, such a request would probably be heard and answered, but said answer would probably just be stream-of-consciousness gibberish whose only discernible phrases are "job-killing legislation", "job-creators", "class warfare", "socialism", and most importantly derivatives of the word "Obama". Then the speaker would stare expectantly at you as if the only possible human response to this speech were for you to immediately throw out your hybrid car and buy an SUV in a sudden passionate fit of PATRIOTISM(tm), followed by burning down the local welfare office and pulling your kids out of science class to go to church.

    When, instead, your response is to ask for clarification, the speaker would pause for a beat, twitch involuntarily, and start another, similar stream of gibberish. This will repeat (trust me, the speaker has alllllll the time in the world) until you nod your head politely and pretend to agree, then run in one direction for an hour.

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