2 posts tagged “electronic medical records”

What’s in Your Health Record?

Posted July 30th, 2012 by

What's in Your Health Record?  Get the Full Contest Guidelines and Details Here.

If you’re living in an Internet-enabled household, chances are you have all or most of your banking information at your fingertips.  Can you say the same for your health information?  For many, these important records are locked away in filing cabinets or kept at your doctor’s offices.

Despite the fact that patients have a legal right to see and get copies of their medical records, the statistics on access are fairly surprising.

  • 41 percent of the public have never asked their doctor for copies of their records
  • 81 percent say they’ve never asked to receive their records electronically

That’s why the Department of Health and Human Service’s Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is sponsoring the “What’s in Your Health Record?” Video Contest.  The goal is to encourage more patients to ask for copies of their health information and look at new ways to view and track it online.  Simply share your story on video (2 minutes or less) – including what you learned from taking a closer look at your records – and you could win one of several cash prizes ranging from $250 to $3,000!  All submissions are due by August 20, 2012.

Did You Know You Have the Legal Right to See and Get Copies of Your Medical Records?

Maybe you’ll find a critical omission in your records, such as a medication allergy.  Maybe you’ll find something curious or unexpected that prompts you to ask questions at your next appointment or do research.  Or maybe you’ll simply confirm that you’re up to speed on your health status.  In any event, having your full health information on hand empowers you and also ensures that your loved ones have all the details they need to help you receive the best care possible.

Ask for your records today and see what you find!  And if you’re a PatientsLikeMe member, don’t forget that you can input and monitor hundreds of different lab results – from cholesterol to Vitamin D to PSA levels – on your profile.


Patients like me declare our health data rights

Posted June 22nd, 2009 by

“We the people…have the right to our own health data.”

That’s part of a collective new Declaration of Health Rights, officially unveiled tonight on the newly launched HealthDataRights.org. It is time to turn the conversation from fear and privacy to sharing data and finding new treatments and better care.

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The Declaration represents reality that what we are doing does not work and does not serve the patient, and this reality is being declared tonight simultaneously via blogs by all stakeholders in healthcare.  I recently wrote about how sharing is a right.  This Declaration articulates these inalienable rights, as it provides a straightforward definition of health data rights to ensure the flow of meaningful data.  We are that much closer to getting you, the patient, at the center of the health system.

This started with a simple conversation; a conversation about sharing data between two health systems that spurred additional conversation and more.  In the end, so many of us agreed that what we need to do is let the data flow and the information become meaningful. Our collective goal is to ensure that healthcare gets better, quality is improved, and yes, treatments are developed faster.  That is what we stand for and that is what we are working to do.

Below is the Declaration in its entirety.  Read it aloud.  Think about what it means to you.  To us, and the thousands of patients we represent at PatientsLikeMe, this Declaration means that we can truly participate in our own healthcare.  To us, the endorsements of well-known and respected healthcare leaders and organizations for this Declaration signify our nation’s unity in preserving the right to have and share health data.  This is why PatientsLikeMe endorses this Declaration.

Once you’ve read it, know that you, too, can endorse our Declaration of Health Data Rights.  To learn more, go to www.HealthDataRights.org and don’t forget, you have the right.

Declaration of Health Data Rights

In an era when technology is allowing personal health information to be more easily stored, updated, accessed and exchanged, the following rights should be self-evident and inalienable. We the people:

•    Have the right to our own health data
•    Have the right to know the source of each health data element
•    Have the right to take possession of a complete copy of our individual health data, without delay, at minimal or no cost; If data exist in computable form, they must be made available in that form
•    Have the right to share our health data with others as we see fit

These principles express basic human rights as well as essential elements of health care that are participatory, appropriate and in the interests of each patient. No law or policy should abridge these rights.

So what can you do?  You can endorse it here ; you can endorse it via Twitter (enter #myhealthdata); you can join our  Facebook page and show your support; and perhaps you can even record and share a video reading the Declaration aloud… “I have the right to my own health data.”  Yes, you do.

PatientsLikeMe member jamie