A Sea Change

by Joanna Smith on Jun 9, 2010

Reported today in the California Healthcare Foundation’s iHealth Beat: “Three hospitals, 100 primary care physicians and 25,000 patients will participate in a yearlong pilot project funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Pioneer Portfolio to evaluate the impact of giving patients online access to doctors’ encounter notes.” As found in:HealthLeaders Media.
What a change! From the years where the patient had no access to medical records (because they were considered the property of the providers, both in the hospital and in a clinic) to today: where patients have access to Doctor’s encounter notes! An astonishing change in the view of what constitutes appropriate access to one’s own medical information. It’s an exciting study and it will be interesting to see if having access leads to better health and better healthcare!