Letting Patients Read Their Doctors’ Notes

by Larry Emmott on July 30, 2010

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I am all for a patient medical dental health information data base…in theory. I see tremendous advantages to such a system. On the other had there are legitimate access, privacy and security issues. Another issue, is it wise to allow patients free access to their records and doctor notes? The NYT story linked below discusses some of these issues and a new study designed to address the potential problems.

In 1996, despite these concerns, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA, gave all patients the legal right to read and even amend their own medical records. At the time, a group of national health care experts hailed this new transparency as a necessary component of better and safer care.

But today, few patients have ever laid eyes on their own records. And those who try often come back from their missions with tales of bureaucratic obstacles,…

via Doctor and Patient – Letting Patients Read Their Doctors’ Notes – NYTimes.com.

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