Technological advances have helped make vast improvements in the medical world. To that end, the move toward sharing health information electronically has patients concerned about privacy issues. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) were able to successfully demonstrate the sharing of a “mock patient’s substance abuse treatment records tagged with privacy metadata from one electronic health record system to...
Of all mental health conditions, depression produces the greatest societal burdens in terms of social and economic costs and can be accompanied by chronic medical conditions which affect more than half of all Americans. The World Health Organization identifies “the integration of mental health into primary care as the most salient means of addressing the burden of mental health conditions” (World Health Organization, 2008). This AHRQ August 2012 report discusses adult primary care...

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