|Jottings By An Employer's Lawyer|
Monday, July 11, 2011
Making Government a Little Less Bothersome - Here May Be an Opportunity
I didn't read the opinion letter close enough to know whether I agree with its conclusion. Nor do I know enough to say that there is a substantial benefit to keeping both personal and occupational health information in a single electronical medical record, although intuitively it sounds as if there would be. But assuming the letter is right, and that having one EMR is both a cheaper and more satisfactory alternative than having to keep them separate, this would seem exactly the sort of undertaking that I would hope governmental agencies are looking at.
Although the individual cost might not be all that great, the collective costs to all employers could be substantial, and there is also something appealing about thinking that government was in fact thinking of how things could work better for everyone, but in a way that protects interests of both employers and employees.
It might take some revising of regulations, or perhaps even some statutory adjustments, but it would be nice to think rather than just advice to keep them separate, there is even now within the EEOC some one following up to see if there might not just be a better way.
Hopefully, if there is, they will let us know.