Patient Data Collection Best Practices

 
ILLUSTRATION: ANASTASIA VASILAKIS FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL (June 29, 2015)

ILLUSTRATION: ANASTASIA VASILAKIS FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL (June 29, 2015)

 

Patient engagement” has long been a rallying cry by patient advocates and many health care providers. The idea being that having your records will empower you through more accurate and transparent information sharing.

The capabilities exist now to significantly change the way health care providers respond to patient requests for information – one such tool being ImageInbox®.

Indeed, federal law gives people rights to obtain copies of electronic medical records from where they receive medical services.

A recent Wall Street Journal article titled “How to Take Charge of Your Medical Records” offers readers an overview of controlling patient medical records and suggestions for handling data, all towards becoming a more effective repository of important health information:

Demand it – As quoted in the WSJ piece, “Farzad Mostashari, a former federal official in charge of health-information technology who is also involved in the Get My Health Data campaign, tells a story about a… doctor [who] told him that now that he was giving his patients copies of their records, he heard from at least one each week about an error they had spotted. “He said, ‘I love it! It’s cheaper than a lawsuit.’

Organize it – Apps can make medical records available on smartphones and computers, like ImageInbox does with medical images to clearly display image results that are stored securely and in full diagnostic quality.

Share it – Having health information handy allows people to share data as they see fit, with healthcare providers and family members. All without waiting for a doctor’s office to get around to doing it. 

Protect it – Many apps are free because they sell your data so be sure to thoroughly read the privacy policies of any apps you choose. The good news is some apps take a 100% private data model approach to medical information, like NexGenic!

Patient-centered technology advancements in recent years have made big strides in digifying medical records at health care entities and expanding patient access to electronic records. Patient's having full access to their medical records makes sense in a multitude of ways – all of this does, after all, belong to that individual.

As Apple’s vice president for software technology is quoted in the WSJ article describing Apple HealthKit’s privacy policy as a model of protecting sensitive data, “It’s really putting the user in the driver’s seat with respect to how their information gets used.”

We agree that patients are ready to take the wheel and play a more central role in their healthcare decision-making. As a company we are excited to continue delivering innovative and essential mHealth tools like ImageInbox, while also ensuring patient privacy is protected and preserved.

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