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We now have a gun registry...sort of

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by CLP, Jan 25, 2013.

  1. CLP

    CLP Well-Known Member

    So I was browsing another thread and someone mentioned something about computerized medical records. There are "meaningful use" criteria for these EMR's (electronic medical records) programs which allow you to take large numbers of records and extract specific data for research purposes (e.g. to study average weights of adolescents in poor neighborhoods vs. better off neighborhoods...

    So the EO's (or memos, or whatever they were) that Obama enacted essentially encouraging physicians to more often ask about firearm ownership will help populate this data point in EMR programs. Now, as far as accessing that date there would naturally be HIPPA reg's and what not that should, hypothetically, protect the privacy of individuals. But how often have we heard in the news stories of medical records being thrown in dumpsters or laptops with medical records being stolen.

    Basically, with a few keystrokes, an authorized person could filter all medical records of patients that own firearms (provided they told their doctor they owned them). I'm not trying to fan any flames here, but it does seem to me that this is more or less a form of a gun registry.
  2. Texan Scott

    Texan Scott Well-Known Member

    Obama's EO told doctors they could ASK. To the general public, this makes it appear that he's doing something significant. In reality, although the doctor can ask, the AHCA/ Obamacare law still makes it illegal for the government to keep records or compile gun ownership information from medical records.
  3. InkEd

    InkEd Well-Known Member

    The solution is to simply answer "No."
  4. FROGO207

    FROGO207 Well-Known Member

    My reply is a question as follows:

    Why do you ask, do you own one??

    Depending on the answer I will answer a simple no, or start to discuss firearms with a like minded person if they encourage a conversation.:D

    These things are simple to deal with folks.:banghead:
  5. Boostedtwo

    Boostedtwo Well-Known Member

    If I was asked by my doctor he would get the " it's none of your business. " whether you own a gun or not isn't their business.
  6. Carl N. Brown

    Carl N. Brown Well-Known Member

    Doctors may ask questions about guns in the home. Not shall ask questions and must report to government.

    That does not lessen my concerns about doctors and gun control. Read anything by David Hemenway.

    Doctors have published arguments that gun violence is a disease and guns are the virus. Somerville "Gun Control as Immunization," American Medical News, Jan. 3, 1994. Public health activist Katherine Christoffel, M.D: "Guns are a virus that must be eradicated.... Get rid of the guns, get rid of the bullets, and you get rid of the deaths." in Janice Somerville, "Gun Control as Immunization," American Medical News, January 3, 1994, p. 9

    When one of the particpants in the National Geographic Doomsday Preppers told his doctor his heart attack hurt so bad he felt like killing himself, the doctor was obligated by law to report suicidial ideation to the state, and the state was obligated by lw to step in and take his guns.

    Does the access to statistical data allow pin pointing individuals by name and address?
    Last edited: Jan 25, 2013
  7. CLP

    CLP Well-Known Member

    Yes- you are able to open any particular chart. The concept is pretty good overall. Want to see how people's blood pressure responds to one med vs. another? You can filter out all records except those being treated for blood pressure by the two meds you're interested in studying. That's a good idea.
    It's all about how searchable the data is. If all of the information is typed into free-text boxes, then you can't do any kind of data retrieval- at least not easily.

    As programmers get feedback from EMR users, a check box specifically for gun ownership could easily be created (some EMRs may already have this). And when there's a box that requires an answer, people ask those questions without thinking. Do you own firearms? "Yes", "No", "Patient refused to answer". Still searchable.

    At the VA we use CPRS. It seems to be a hybrid. All the objective data is searchable. The subjective data is in free text boxes. This is the part of the chart where I currently document firearm ownership (an oft asked question in mental health). I just don't see how digital intake forms won't ultimately include questions about firearm ownership. And if you decide not to reveal that info, then you'll have "Patient refused to answer" by the question which, as another searchable data point, is an automatic "yes" in many people's minds. You'd essentially need to lie and say "No" to protect your privacy.

    Again, these would be private medical records and they should remain private. But I'll bet anyone that it's only a matter of time before a major breech of privacy occurs with these systems.
  8. Nico Testosteros

    Nico Testosteros Well-Known Member

    My cars are registered with the government, my marriage is registered with the government, my house is registered with the government, my birth is registered with the government and my death will be.
  9. mcdonl

    mcdonl Well-Known Member

    There are 15 MU measures, and measure #13 has a number of quality initiatives. None of them have anything to do with firearms.

    These are the only measures that would apply. AND... Not every medical office will be MU compliant either.
  10. Gordon_Freeman

    Gordon_Freeman Well-Known Member

    My wife answered "yes." :banghead::cuss::mad:
  11. BrotherFrankie

    BrotherFrankie Well-Known Member

    my feelings..

    i dont answer.. though when he lifts up my shirt to check the surgery site or listen to my breathing he often see's my 357 or 9mm at 4:30..

    my GP is OK with it.. my neuro surg has rapid breathing and pupil dialtion.. never mentions it tho..

    im a pastor and its unexpected.
  12. Ryanxia

    Ryanxia Well-Known Member

    First off, it had been awhile since I was last at my doctor's and just recently I had to update my paperwork. There was an option to allow or deny your records being put into the online system. I checked NO.

    Secondly, whenever your doctor asks if you have guns just say 'that's not your business'.
  13. FuriousGeorge

    FuriousGeorge Active Member

    I'll tell them the truth and say, "yes, my kids play with Nerf guns. Do they count?".
  14. MedWheeler

    MedWheeler Well-Known Member

    The .gov already knows I own firearms; they've processed I-don't-know-how-many NICS checks on me over the years. I'm not worried about them finding out from my physician.
    That being said, if asked, I'd still likely refrain from answering. I wouldn't get snappy, or answer with a question, though. I's simply instruct him to check "declined to answer."
    Last edited: Jan 25, 2013
  15. Strange Bob

    Strange Bob Well-Known Member

    The correct response here!
  16. Tob

    Tob Well-Known Member

    I haven't been asked yet, but if I am the answer will be either "no" or "It's none of your business."
  17. USAF_Vet

    USAF_Vet Well-Known Member

    So do I have to take my guns in for my doctor to register, or is giving him a list goin to be enough. Where can I find the instructions to have my guns registered my the AMA?
  18. foghornl

    foghornl Well-Known Member

    My reply will be:

    "Hey Doc, do you know the meaning of the term 'Boundary Violation'?"
  19. Aikibiker

    Aikibiker Well-Known Member

    In Fl it is against the law for them to ask. I had to point this out the other day.
  20. HoosierQ

    HoosierQ Well-Known Member

    Smart quips and "none of your business" will be put down as "yes" by just about every person asking such a question, doctor or otherwise. You don't want people to know? Just say no. One person in a thousand who doesn't own a gun will bother to say "none of your business". It's just about the same as actually saying yes. It's not a court so a) refusing to answer does you no good, and b) saying no regardless does you no harm.

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