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 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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It’s not just Ben’s sultry radio-voice that makes him the perfect person to be Geonetric’s eHealth Evangelist, although we do believe that increases attendance to our webinars. It’s the fact that Ben’s a thought leader. He follows healthcare technology trends like other people follow sports teams. He’s constantly researching and analyzing everything from social media strategies to accountable care organizations and determining what it all means to Geonetric, our clients and the industry as a whole. This sought-after speaker and current SHSMD board member wasn’t always in the spotlight, previously working in business process re-engineering and software development with the University of Iowa Healthcare and the Michigan Insurance Bureau. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in eBusiness and strategic management from the University of Iowa. If you saw this man’s calendar you’d be very surprised to learn that in between all his trade rag interviews and speaking engagement prep he still finds time to feed his Twitter addiction and play the Big House with the University of Michigan Alumni marching band.

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