Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Patient Ownership of Data Might Solve Health IT Woes

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Patient Ownership of Data Might Solve Health IT Woes

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Mandating that patients "own" their health care data could lead to true interoperability of electronic health records and might even help solve other tough health information technology problems, according to Dr. Samson W Jesudass.

'As a consumer, if I pay for my health care, I go see a provider, and I [should] get my data, whatever it is--doctor's note, lab test, CT, or an MRI, Dr. Jesudass, senior vice president and clinical leader at Ascension Health, said at a panel discussion at the Washington-based Bipartisan Policy Center. "That provider should be able to give that to me at the end of that visit, or whenever at whatever time, in a format that I can probably take and put it anywhere else into any other system."

Making data portable and, more importantly, giving ownership of it to patients, "might be able to solve the issues" that are affecting the health IT environment, he said. 'At the end of the day, if a patient is able to take his or her own data and be able to use it in whatever form or fashion, you actually democratize the whole process of information. …

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