Patients should have instant and complete access to all of their own health information all the time. They should be able to use their favorite electronic devices such as smart phones or tablets to securely access their information, in the same way they access their banking or financial records. In this age of computerization, anything else would be archaic like using a paper map or flipping through a phonebook to look up a number. These ideas form the foundation of this initiative.
Designed to bridge the divide between patients and providers and give control of health records back to the patient, the campaign was launched by a group of doctors who joined forces with entrepreneurs, key stakeholders, legislators and other business leaders. The “My Medical Records” Project promises to deliver on open-source software it will use to generate a unique Health Security Number, also known as a unique patient identifier (UPI). Patients will receive a physical Health Security Card imprinted with the UPI that can be used to tag records produced from any service or encounter, data that are then stored on a secure, cloud-based platform.
“We see facilities struggling to improve the interoperability of their existing technology by reaching out to their community providers, but what we don’t see is the patient voice in the discussion on how to piece together the fractured landscape of today’s medical informatics,” said Dr.
The Project empowers patients with their own Health Security Number, which they can use in every healthcare transaction to generate one continuous unified record accessible by the patient at any time using a smart phone, tablet, Mac or PC. By using this card-based approach, patients can seamlessly move from one provider to another and from one facility to another, and still enjoy a single integrated virtual health record. It’s a patient-friendly approach where the health record follows the patient, and not the other way around. This approach also avoids the pitfalls associated with a national identification card or a centralized database of medical record numbers.
This initiative was widely applauded by legislators and key policy makers. “Medical Informatics, Inc. seeks to improve healthcare by improving accessibility to records, improving communications between providers and empowering patients to take care of their own care,” said Senator
“I support Medical Informatics’ efforts to improve our health care system and ask that its application be given every consideration,” said Congressman
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