Who Needs the NSA?


This was sent in to me by a reader.  It was a screen shot.  Here is what he points out:

Be sure to read the fine print.  If you want to connect to CMS, and that is REQUIRED to receive the money for EHR, they can look at everything and anything on ALL of the computers connected to the EHR.  Since physicians in private practice like me ordinarily use just one computer for business and personal, it means the government is legally allowed to go on any fishing expedition they want.

So who needs the NSA when you have the CMS?

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  7 comments for “Who Needs the NSA?

  1. Tad hominem
    March 23, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    Doug: OK, so now u have to behave like the rest of us and have TWO PCs. one for work stuff which u keep in your office and one for home and personal stuff (which u keep t home). which, btw, u should have been doing all along !! recall horror stories about a laptop full of patient info getting left in a taxi or hotel room.

    • Doug Farrago
      March 23, 2014 at 6:43 pm

      I believe using your computer going through a remote desktop connection to the server that holds patients’ charts (all scripts, centricity, etc) leaves no records on your laptop. In other words, it is safe.

  2. Pat
    March 23, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Please, all of you Authentic Medicine readers who think government does have a valid role in the daily provision of health care – please, let’s hear from you on this. I probably won’t get any takers, but would like to hear how someone defends this.

    This is exactly what some of us have been warning agains for years, and a lot more of it is coming. A career in medicine is no longer conducive to independent thought, or having a happy life. Those who achieve either will be rebels, outcasts, and hunted.

  3. Sir-Lance-a-Lot
    March 23, 2014 at 9:17 am

    Wow. That’s actually pretty impressive.

    Thank you, Dr. xxxxx, and congratulations on the wedding!

    • Sir Lance-a-lot
      March 23, 2014 at 7:08 pm

      I see you got my hint, Doug.

      He sent you WAY too much information, especially considering the subject of this post. 😀

      • Doug Farrago
        March 23, 2014 at 7:36 pm


    • Pat
      March 23, 2014 at 10:58 pm

      yeeowch, I didn’t even pay attention…good pickup

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