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IHRB (Independent Health Records Banks) - A Global Socio-Economic-Medico-Legal Model for the Sustainability of Longitudinal Electronic Health Records

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000114544D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Mar-29
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-29
Document File: 1 page(s) / 41K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

While technology and legal advancements now enable health consumers to have their medical records transmitted electronically, either to the web or to a personal device (e.g., smart card), ultimately resulting in a lifetime electronic health record (LEHR), many obstacles remain in the way of that vision. So who’s afraid of electronic health records?

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IHRB (Independent Health Records Banks ) - A Global Socio-Economic-Medico-Legal Model for the Sustainability of Longitudinal Electronic Health Records

Healthcare providers would prefer that medical records remain under their control. Many providers even claim to be the owners of those records and only submit copies of the records in accordance with a patient's bill of rights. Providers are also concerned by a potential increase in the number of lawsuits based on the data recorded in patient-held LEHRs. In addition, providers have considerations regarding the process of creating standardized medical records. This process may be accompanied by strict guidelines, which would be detrimental to the more "artistic" parts of their work.

    As for the consumers, each of us is considered a health consumer, but is this really the case? Some people may be reluctant to get hold of their medical records because they prefer "not to know too much" or even to deny certain conditions, which could have been defined as medical conditions had they been examined.

    What appears to be so natural, that is, managing one's medical records in a "health account" much like one manages one's checking account, isn't really all that simple. The paper referenced below reviews different approaches and models for the availability of clinical information and envisions the establishment of independent entities that facilitate a new consumer-oriented model. This model focuses on the consumers' interests...