Given the current trend in technology patients are demanding and expecting to

Given the current trend in technology patients are

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there have even been debates on who owns the information. Given the current trend in technology, patients are demanding and expecting to have access to their information at all times and even the ability to modify it. 1. Should patients be able to readily access their information as desired? 2. If so, should they be allowed to edit all information? Or just some aspects and which aspects? The Electronic Health Record (EHR) is the records for patients within healthcare everything from medical imaging, doctor’s notes, symptoms, diagnoses, and histories. EHR is an electronic health record of health-related information on an individual that conforms to nationally recognized interoperability standards and that can be created, managed, and consulted by authorized clinicians and staff across more than one healthcare organization (Nelson, R. & Staggers, N., 2018). Currently, there is health records all around the country that are separated by states and locations. A lot of hospitals currently don’t easily share patient records with other hospitals. Records are hard for not only patients to obtain, but especially for other hospitals to obtain. Patients don't want it to be difficult to be treated when they go visit another state and they happen to have to visit a hospital. Joseph McConnon said, “If I could snap my finger and on thing transform the quality of care in the country, it would be that everyone would have an electronic health record that would be universally accessible (Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, 2011). I believe that patients should be able to have full access to their health records at all times. By having their records available, they are able to see what has and hasn't been done. As Todd Park said, “You get subjected to multiple x-rays that you don’t need multiple of. There are exams that you needed, tests that you needed, things you needed to do, that actually didn’t happen because people didn’t realize that hadn't been done” (Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, 2011). If the patients don't know what has been done, then the doctors that they see in the future wont know either. I believe that it is valuable to combine all EHR records within the
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country. Combining health records make it easier for health care professionals and patients alike to be able to get better health care in the future. Dr. Sachin Jain said, “When the folks at hospital X don’t know what happened at hospital Y, they’re not giving him really good care” (Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, 2011). With this being said, I don't believe that it is beneficial for patients to edit their information after a doctor or a nurse inputs information. If anything, I believe they should be able to input their own symptoms and document their own vitals from home but I believe that it is valuable information from a medical professional and that shouldn’t be able to be edited.
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