Blog | Monday, April 2, 2012

QD: News Every Day--Docs balk at opening up electronic medical record to patients

Patients love the idea of being able to view online the information in their electronic medical record, but doctors are balking. A reader survey showed it's about a 60-40 split for doctors who would or already do allow open access to medical records vs. those who don't or won't.

As reported in ACP Internist, large health care chains are experimenting with opening their electronic medical records to patients. More than 90% of the 30,000-plus surveyed patients thought open records were a good idea, compared to 69% to 81% (depending on the study site) of the physicians who volunteered to have their records opened. Physicians at the same hospitals who didn't participate in the project took an even dimmer view of it; only 16% to 33% thought it was a good idea.

In ACP Internist's reader poll, one in four already work in an environment that allows open access for patient records. Nearly one in three would consider instituting open records in a practice. But nearly 40% wouldn't. Among those who opted the "other" response, some said their paper records are already open, but there were some caveats. One respondent said his population either wasn't literate enough or didn't own a computer to access open records.

ACP Internist's reader poll continues with our story on how mobile technology is changing the patient encounter, and how integrating all the "labor saving" devices is actually costing some physicians more time than they save.

Tell us how teched out you are during a clinical visit. Do you being every mobile device you can muster or are you sticking with pen and paper during the encounter?