A survey of 3,700 doctors from Australia, Canada, England, France, Germany, Singapore, Spain and the United States showed consistent beliefs regarding what access patients should have to their medical records. While 4 percent said patients should have no access at all, 82% wanted patients to update their records. However, only 31% reckoned patients should have full access.
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Dr. Eric Topol, chief academic officer of Scripps Health, took aim at the medical community at the HIMSS conference, calling for an end to paternal medicine -- where only the physician has access to healthcare information -- and the beginning of a time when patients own their data.
"You have a doctor-patient relationship that today is based on asymmetry. A lot of information to the doctor, very little for the patient," he said. "We're about having ... information parity. That's exciting. We can get away from this superiority of physicians to patients. That has got to go."
Mark Knickrehm, global managing director of Accenture Health, said many physicians believe patients should take an active role in managing EMRs since doing so fosters a sense of ownership, and it allows both the doctor and patient to track results outside of scheduled appointments.