However, we are still stuck in a quandary with many potential barriers to progressing forward in a timely manner.
There are concerns over individuals not understanding their medical records, being upset by them or needing access to doctors outside of regular hours – research shows these to be unfounded.
It has been stated that individuals may not want their medical records, but the data shows that patients would indeed want and would, in fact, access their information, if they knew the capability existed and the process wasn’t too difficult. If patients are not ready to access their health data, this should not impact their ability to do so.
There are also concerns over data and privacy concerns which are valid but not unique to healthcare alone.
There are challenges to implementation – but none so big that they should overlook the challenge of being patients with no or limited access to their medical records.
How can we help individuals break free of these handcuffs of uncertainty, frustration, challenges and heavy binders of paper medical records. Allow people to have the right to contribute towards helping create a more sustainable health care system by creating value through access to knowledge.
It’s time to take the fear out of authentic engagement with the communities being cared for, create productive partnerships with citizens and the capacity for creating value by having access to knowledge and reap the benefits that technology brings.
2020 is the time to get real about authentic patient partnership, and create tangible benefits for both patients and health care systems by ensuring people have full and real-time access to their EMR.
This really is the right thing to do!