You know that most medical record access is available on line through you physicians EMR. I guess if it were that simple to get patients to access their health records online then the job of the medical front desk people would not be so burdensome. For example: lab tests. When you do labs in the office and or give a patient a prescription to go to a hospital or lab to have tests done eventually they get put into the patients electronic medical chart or health record. This enables a patient to have access to their lab work and discuss it if necessary with another visit or telechat with their physician. But the problem here is that sometimes computers become difficult for many to navigate. There are also situations when patients want access to their medical records to take to another physician and if they were to be able to access the EMR they could obtain what they need as far as medical records are concerned, either for themselves or any other medical facility that needs them. This should be a requirement so that patients no longer take issue with waiting so long just to see their lab test results or other tests that they may have had. Strange, but a patient may see a specialist and will not contact that specialist for the results or a copy of them, they just insist on contacting the primary or internal medicine physician. I then ask, what was the sense of going to the specialist? We need a patient EMR overhaul that will allow a patient to easily access their medical records instantly from more than one facility. Why? Because many patients see more than one physician and not everybody uses the same EMR, so there needs to be a way to have a universal and HIPAA compliant sign on or log in, that would enable a patient to access their medical records from any EMR that their physicians use for electronic medical records. Let's say the National Medical Record Access is a huge database full with different EMR systems from hospitals, medical groups and facilities. They enable a patient to access their own health information. All the physician's office, hospital or medical facility has to do is to sign up their office and provide their EMR information and the EMR vendor will sign up with the National Medical Record Access also. Once this is done a patient can use their log in information and answer security questions and unique National Medical Record Access identification, so that they can get their lab results and consult notes from the various physicians that they visit. If a patient has a scheduled follow-up to discuss their results then they can discuss them at that visit unless the physician contacts them if a result requires immediate attention. But, at least they have their lab results without having to wait for a physician's office to send them since the can access them from the comfort of their own home. This is ideal for patients who have busy or hectic schedules and are not always able to visit a physician, especially if the medical office is a distance away and public transportation is not exactly convenient and for results telechat would be the best way for a physician to talk as a fee for service and for all of the patients questions to be answered regarding their results. Patient access should certainly be a thing of the present!
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