re: Patients Want Electronic Link To Doctor's Notes
I like the first comment, but very interesting that this patient and doctors alike, apparently are concerned about mental health issues. Meaning, in the article it says that sharing of notes were mandated, they would be less candid in certain not taking. "The clinical areas in which doctors indicate they'd be most likely to document differently are cancer, obesity, substance abuse, and mental health, she said."
The commenter noted she doesn't think that other physicians need to know the status of anti-depressant medication for unrelated illnesses.
I just find it interesting. Would anti-depressant use be of importance to other certain therapeutic areas? Doesn't substance abuse indicate other issues related to mental health? Obesity is problematic on a variety of therapeutic levels.
For aggregated use, the data and records could be de-identified of course for larger outcomes studies or comparative or quality studies, but individual holistic approach to medicine doesn't appear to be on the data radar.
Lisa Henderson, InformationWeek Healthcare, contributing editor