“Should Patients Own their Medical Records?”

Posted: April 20, 2009 in Medical, Medical Informatics, Politics, Technology
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With the raise of Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) and Personal Health Records (PHRs) medical information can now be shared and accessed by many parties involved in the health care delivery process, including patients!

In a recent NEJM article, the authors argue the following

Two related but distinct options are emerging. One is a stand-alone personal health record (PHR), such as the Internet-based tools for patients developed by Google, Microsoft, WebMD, health insurance plans, and others. Our bet, however, is that the other option, the “integrated PHR” that is an extension of physicians’ electronic health records (EHRs), will go further in facilitating the type of physician-patient relationship that will improve health and health care, at a lower cost. – Paul Tang, and Thomas Lee, NEJM

For now at least, I would have to agree with Pho, M.D.! Here’s what he said about this

In the end, should patients have complete access? Probably not. A lot of the medical chart is simply not relevant to a patient’s well-being. – Kevin Pho, KevinMD.com

NOTE: the video is just for laughs and giggles :p

[via KevinMD.com]

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