Just as it's now easy to visit an ATM from just about any bank in almost any country and access funds stored at your local bank, it ought to be possible for any medical provider -- with your permission -- to access your medical records from anywhere.
If these assumptions about electronic medical records were true, medical quality could be improved while costs would decrease. Unfortunately, a simple review of the reality of EMRs shows a much less optimistic view.
When these changes are implemented by HHS, Americans will be able to the right to get a report from their medical providers or insurance companies detailing who has electronically accessed their protected health information.
Storytelling is a two-way street. Illnesses unfold as stories, and physicians need to learn how to listen to those stories. The same is true of giving advice, for if good advice is given in the wrong way, the patient will not follow it.
Is your doctor putting your health at a risk? According to a recent study, your doctor could unintentionally be offering you and your family sub-optimal care if he/she is still using paper records to document important medical and patient information.
Since 2009, 15 million patient records have been purloined, "mislaid," or otherwise compromised. Even if your data does not get posted on a public website, lots of people can see how much prescriptions you've been taking.
Why are medical records -- simultaneously one of the most powerful resources and biggest sources of frustration for anyone trying to get a whole-systems view of their health -- stuck in the analog and disorganized at best?
Around the globe, we face increasingly complex and intertwined diagnoses, treatments and recovery paths. As a result, it is vitally important to capture and preserve the nuances of each patient's care path.
Medicine is an art and a science and patient care does not always fit into a pre-fit format. That said, while I think that technology alone will not completely fix the quality of care patients receive, I do believe that it has a role in the future of healthcare, overall.
The discussion about doctor's notes might seem silly, since for many years we've had the right to go to the medical records department and get copies of our records. Instead, we should walk into the doctor's office with a video camera or tape recorder.
You'll be hearing a lot more about electronic medical records in the next few years, but should add your voice now to the discussion to ensure that they are properly implemented so that your privacy is respected.