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Sunday, January 06, 2019

The Art & Science of Health: [conceptual scraps ii]

The contrast here within health care is quite stark, we can distinguish between scraps of paper in two ways ...

  1. Whatever we do with care needs; confirm them from the referral and possibly (usually) identify additional care needs (and educational opportunities also..?), assess, plan, intervene, and evaluate - that scrap of paper (or its digital analogue) should initially be blank, untainted by judgements, bias and assumptions.
  2. As soon as the scrap of paper is populated - scribed-upon then its value and the responsibility of those who access it subsequently is suddenly weighed and measured by law and accountability.
In the first case, ownership is not relevant, in that there is nothing, as yet, to 'own'. Values however can still be represented, if the staff's attitude towards the new patient, client, service user or administration terms referral, contact, triage case is similarly 'neutral'.*

In the second case, when the print hits the page by whatever means the stakes are suddenly raised. The law has a say in what is expected, permissible and reasonable conduct by those gathering data, creating a record, holding, copying and transferring the record in part, or whole and its accuracy, destruction and disposal.

*Of course, even when blank, forms - templates can have proprietary value and may well be protected, copyrighted and trademarked.

to be continued ...

Related post - Part 1:
The Art & Science of Health: [conceptual scraps i]