Electronic medical records not only promise to make doctors more efficient but could also help patients reduce their demands on the NHS.
I wrote an article yesterday about some research from Accenture looking at access to electronic patient records.
It revealed that over three quarters (77%) of English patients think they should have full access to patient records but only 34% of doctors agree. It found that 63% of English patients are not self-tracking personal health information, such as blood pressure, weight and physical activity. This compares to 49% in the other countries surveyed.
Wouldn’t it be good if people began to take more care of their own health? Having information at their fingertips is a good start for people to insource their own healthcare.
After all doctors only get 10 minutes with patients and that’s just when they visit a doctor which for most people is not very often.
I am not suggesting self-diagnosis using the internet although I have done that myself in the past after two doctors told me there was nothing wrong. After the second doctor told me nothing was wrong I Googled it. I then went to a third doctor armed with what I had learned. Who confirmed it as being the case.