Patients and Their Data

Patients and Their DataI’ve been following a very interesting online discussion about providing patients with access to their health data.  The initial spark for this debate came from a post on the RegisterPatient.com blog touting the benefits of patient access to their medical records.  Discussion, while generally supportive of the idea was mixed.  An even more intense conversation about the blog has emerged in the Health 2.0 group in LinkedIn.

A recent New England Journal of Medicine article points out some clinicians are uncomfortable with providing patient access to the record, because offering such information without the context provided by years of medical school can lead to significant confusion and anxiety.

At the other end of the spectrum are patient data advocates such as e-Patient Dave, standing in front of audiences and shouting “Give me my data!”

What do you think?  What have you seen organizations trying in this space?  What’s working and what’s not?

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Ben Dillon

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Ben’s a big picture type of guy. He loves sharing new ideas in digital marketing, keeping a watchful eye on healthcare industry trends and seeing how it all intersects. A sought-after speaker, writer, blogger and current SHSMD board member, Ben’s an influential voice in healthcare marketing, helping organizations across the country embrace online strategies to engage health consumers. Combine his industry savvy with his background in software development and you can see why he’s also an important member of Geonetric’s software team, ensuring our content management system stays a step ahead of market needs. Ben holds a master’s degree in eBusiness and strategic management from the University of Iowa and a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from the University of Michigan. When he’s not traveling and evangelizing, Ben enjoys cooking with his family and playing the Big House with the University of Michigan Alumni marching band.

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