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jaysimmons
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3/11/2013 | 7:16:42 PM
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If patients are to be more involved in their healthcare, they should be given access to their electronic health records. By having the ability to check up on their notes and past medical history they can see what is working for them and what they need to change in order to achieve better health. I do agree with most the doctors surveyed though, in that the patients shouldnG«÷t be given full freedom to change data in their records as that could potentially be disastrous. I would restrict them to updating information in fields such as demographics, medical history, medications, and allergies.

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JEngdahlJ
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3/12/2013 | 12:22:16 AM
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How can urban and rural hospitals get a better return on investment for the cost of electronic health records? http://www.healthcaretownhall....
BlueinTexas
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3/12/2013 | 1:07:59 AM
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Agree with most, as in cannot change diagnosis, To be able to add new symptoms, or reactions to different medications would be a good thing, So would being able to personally track changes in real time information.
g-in-ak
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3/13/2013 | 6:53:43 PM
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I find when I have access to my records, I can verify that what I told the physician or nurse is actually what I told them. I'm glad that the trend is moving in the direction of full access. While we wouldn't be able to edit the physician entry, we should be able to append/comment upon it and flag it for review.
BGladd
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3/13/2013 | 7:55:59 PM
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"Should / should not..." ???

It's the LAW. As Farzard Mostashari point out last week at HIMSS13. patients by law have access to their PHI.
AustinIT
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3/13/2013 | 8:23:45 PM
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By Law, patients are entitled to "see" their medical records. But, that does not imply that they are able to modify certain aspects of their medical records. Nor should they be. You wouldn't need a doctor if you could write your own chart now would you?
AustinIT
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3/13/2013 | 8:51:55 PM
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I agree with the author and your point as well. Patients need to be involved in their healthcare and should be allowed to participate in the record keeping process. But, only to the extent that they are not allowed to change data coming into the chart by the doctor, staff, lab, specialist, etc. If they see something that is incorrect, they should be allowed to report it but not to correct it themselves.

If those issues can be settled, it opens up the door to much great participation between the doctor and patient in building a more accurate and complete medical history on the patient and efficacy of treatment.


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