You can now get your medical records online

Discussion in 'General' started by Storm Crow, Oct 16, 2022.

  1. I remember having to pay for my records- I was not happy about it.

    I doubt if this is going to go smoothly- doctors and health care organizations will drag their feet, and the different programs on the computers will complicate matters. However, I found my medical records to be quite eye-opening. One doctor labeled me as a "drug addict" because I use cannabis medically. You might consider getting a look at your medical records in a few weeks (give them a little time to get the glitches out).

    Call it data liberation day: Patients can now access all their health records digitally
    Call it data liberation day: Patients can now access all their health records digitally

    The American Revolution had July 4. The allies had D-Day. And now U.S. patients, held down for decades by information hoarders, can rally around a new turning point, October 6, 2022 — the day they got their health data back.

    Under federal rules taking effect Thursday, health care organizations must give patients unfettered access to their full health records in digital format. No more long delays. No more fax machines. No more exorbitant charges for printed pages.

    Just the data, please — now.

    “My great hope is that this will turn the tide on the culture of information blocking,” said Lisa Bari, CEO of Civitas Networks for Health, a nonprofit that supports medical data sharing. “It’s a ground level thing to me: We need to make sure information flows the way patients want it to.”

    That’s the opposite of the situation now in place. Health systems, data networks, and the companies that sell electronic medical records determine how much data patients can access, when, and under what circumstances. Meanwhile, private data brokers make huge profits by amassing hundreds of millions of de-identified medical records and selling insights to drug companies, device makers, and insurers without patients’ knowledge or consent.

    The new federal rules — passed under the 21st Century Cures Act — are designed to shift the balance of power to ensure that patients can not only get their data, but also choose who else to share it with. It is the jumping-off point for a patient-mediated data economy that lets consumers in health care benefit from the fluidity they’ve had for decades in banking: they can move their information easily and electronically, and link their accounts to new services and software applications.

    “To think that we actually have greater transparency about our personal finances than about our own health is quite an indictment,” said Isaac Kohane, a professor of biomedical informatics at Harvard Medical School. “This will go some distance toward reversing that.”

    Even with the rules now in place, health data experts said change will not be fast or easy. Providers and other data holders — who have dug in their heels at every step — can still withhold information under certain exceptions. And many questions remain about protocols for sharing digital records, how to verify access rights, and even what it means to give patients all their data. Does that extend to every measurement in the ICU? Every log entry? Every email? And how will it all get standardized? (snipped)

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  2. I Hope This Dont Mean Any Random People Can Look Up My Medical Stuff? I Value My Privacy Alot!

  3. No hon, only you would be able to see them.
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  4. Oh Ok BC I Have A Mental History Too An I Don Want People Seein It Or About My T.B.I Either.

  5. I've been able to access my medical records online for the last 4 years here in Georgia.
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  6. I think it’s sad that we are all excited about being able to access OUR OWN INFORMATION

    also, if it’s online, would it be easier for people to steal it?

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