An article published today in the Globe and Mail highlights clinical information that will soon be able to patients in Alberta.
From Friday's Globe and Mail October 17, 2008
Albertans will soon have their personal health information at their fingertips around the clock. The province is set to become the first jurisdiction in Canada to allow residents to access the often sensitive and private information online. The Progressive Conservative government plans to start slowly, at first offering only a bit of information such as vaccination records.
However, the end goal is to post everything, including prescriptions, X-rays and laboratory test results. “It's really going to help having all this information in one spot,” said Jody Nickerson, a high-school teacher and married mother from Edmonton. The 32-year-old, who is six months pregnant and has a 15-month-old daughter, Charlie, said it's a lot of work managing her young family's health care with all the appointments, tests and vaccinations. And sometimes Ms. Nickerson doesn't have all the information she needs, including simple details such as Charlie's blood type. Link: globeandmail.com: Alberta first to offer medical information online.
What are your thoughts on the access to information by patients through personal health records or EHRs? Will this make your job easier or more complex? What could be the impact of patient access to information such as lab results before the physician has had a chance to review the findings.
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