Free Software Magazine: Your Data or Your Life
Aug 09, 2006, 00:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kirk Strauser)
"Your daughter has just been in a car crash. She falls
unconscious on her way to the hospital, but not before she is able
to tell the paramedics the name of her doctor. This is vitally
important because the emergency room won't know that she's an
insulin-dependent diabetic with a penicillin allergy, but her
doctor will be able to give them her relevant medical history.
"Or, at least he would be if he'd renewed the tech support
contract on his medical records software. He didn't, though, and
now his information--and your daughter's--is locked away in a
proprietary database he can't access..."