Patient’s Accessibility to Medical Health Record
The modern legal system of Medical Health care is devising new trends within the paradigms of patient health care records. The legislative and technological development has made the patients access their medical health care records with the help of EHR and medical portals. The most important factor in establishing patient ownership of the medical health record is efficient communication. Electronic healthcare records (EHR) which are accessible to the patient will significantly improve the patient’s medical care by enhancing the communication between the doctor and patient. The latest trend of patient ownership of the electronic healthcare record will propagate patient-doctor relationships (communication), patient adherence, reduction of error in documentation, patient satisfaction, patient’s freedom to choose Empowerment), and patient education. However, there are many negative consequences of this legislative trend in the medical healthcare system. The patients who are given a chance to access and review their medical records get anxious, distressed, and pessimistic. The patient’s accessibility and the right of amendment to their medical record and patient-centric tools are causing various negative consequences. Some medical professionals believe that patients request for amendments and corrections in their medical records on litigious motives. Two of the main negative consequences are exposure to error and gratuitously increased demand for staff time.
The patients while reviewing and amending their medical reports can elucidate an unapproved change in their medical record and introduce errors to their documentation in the EHR. Furthermore, the patients demand unnecessary staff time to explain their reports to them because they are unable to understand some medical jargon and terms. Patients who are suffering from chronic health issues can access their EHR and can actively communicate with their doctors through the patient portal. These patients can increase their medication adherence by viewing their medical records. The patient can improvise his daily routine according to their doctor’s guidelines. In conclusion, the patient portal provides a communication platform accessibility for the patient, doctor, and electronic health record. However, this latest trend is subjected to many controversial issues which require further research and policies.
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