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Researchers Submit Patent Application, "Method and System for Providing Access to Health Care Information", for Approval

June 20, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Health & Medicine Week -- From Washington, D.C., NewsRx journalists report that a patent application by the inventors Bowen, JR., John Robert (Metter, GA); Hethcox, Anthony C. (Claxton, GA), filed on November 28, 2012, was made available online on June 5, 2014 (see also Patents).

No assignee for this patent application has been made.

News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The effective, safe and secure administration of pharmaceuticals or medications to patients has become challenging because of the increasing population of patients and the number of drugs available for the treatment of disease. For healthcare providers to provide effective and safe treatment of a patient, the patient's medical record must contain accurate and up-to-date medication lists, laboratory and radiological results, recent or previous hospital records, and the content of other healthcare providers' notes.

"Currently, healthcare providers rely upon incomplete data and/or spend an inordinate amount of time and effort collecting data for their own medical chart from other sources and such data may still be incomplete and inaccurate. For example, a physician may possess a list of medications the physician prescribed for a patient in an office chart, but the patient may be taking medications from other physicians and/or may not be taking medications as prescribed. Often the physician must call the patient's pharmacy(ies) to obtain an accurate list of medications for the patient and also frequency of prescription fills indicating whether the patient has been compliant with prior prescriptions and instructions. Even after taking time to contact a pharmacy, the physician may still have an incomplete drug list if the patient has been to multiple pharmacies.

"Additionally, treating practitioners at a hospital may have access to patient data from previous admissions to the current facility (if any) but may not have access to other important medical information such as prescriptions, labs, x-rays, or other treating physicians' notes prior to the current admission. While much of the information necessary to provide safe patient care exists, the information is not easily accessible by the practitioners treating the patient nor is the information accessible from a single source and updatable from plural nodes. Rather, practitioners must contact other healthcare providers and facilities to request relevant patient information. Such a procedure, however, is inefficient and may provide incomplete information.

"Furthermore, medical and other healthcare information can be sensitive and confidential. Laws such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) limit or place specific conditions on the dissemination of medical records and also provide a patient with the right to access to his or her own medical records. Such privacy concerns may create problems for healthcare providers and physicians in the dissemination and sharing of medical information regarding patients. Additionally, even though a healthcare provider may be legally authorized to provide confidential and sensitive information as a result of a privacy policy, such disclosure may still be against the patient's wishes. Thus, there is a need in the art to provide secure access to medical records, which discloses all access to the patient. There is also a need in the art to provide an improved hospital admission medication reconciliation process and to provide patients with a more active role in their own treatment and care. Thus, by providing patients, healthcare providers, physicians, etc. with access to the patients' medical record, the accuracy and completeness of the medical record may be improved, and the potential for miscommunication between healthcare providers and patients may be reduced. There is thus a need in the art for a method and system to provide patients and healthcare providers with an accurate, complete, secure, and centralized medical record."

As a supplement to the background information on this patent application, NewsRx correspondents also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "Embodiments of the present subject matter provide methods and systems for a secure, centralized, accurate and complete patient medical record adaptable to be accessed and modified by multiple nodes or parties in a secure manner.

"One embodiment of the present subject matter provides a computer system having a computer readable storage medium being encoded with computer program code and a processor coupled with the computer readable storage medium, the processor being configured to execute the computer program code for providing access to health care information of one or more individuals. The computer program code may be arranged to cause the processor to provide security measures for access to the health care information and provide an interactive patient interface for the one or more individuals to the health care information. The computer program code may also be arranged to cause the processor to provide an interactive provider interface for one or more health care providers relating to the health care information of a respective individual, and to allow access to the health care information from any of the health care providers and respective individual as a function of a security level granted thereto.

"In another embodiment of the present subject matter a method of providing a centralized source of health care information for an individual is presented. The method includes providing security measures for access to health care information of an individual and providing an interactive patient interface from a processor for the individual to the health care information. The method may also include providing an interactive provider interface for one or more health care providers of the individual and allowing access to the health care information from any of the health care providers and individual as a function of a security level granted thereto.

"In a further embodiment of the present subject matter a method of providing an updated medical record for an individual is presented. The method includes providing security measures for access to health care information of an individual and providing an interactive patient interface from a processor for the individual to the health care information, the interactive patient interface including an active medications list, an all prescription list, and an inactive medications list. The method also includes providing an interactive provider interface for one or more health care providers of the individual, the interactive provider interface including an active medications list and an all prescription list. The method includes allowing access to the health care information from any of the health care providers and individual as a function of a security level granted thereto where the allowance of access includes viewing one or more of the frequency of prescription, duration of prescription, prescription notes, and pharmaceutical or trademark name of prescription related to a medication on a respective list.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

"FIG. 1 is a schematic drawing illustrating an exemplary network system.

"FIG. 2 is an illustration of the movement of health information from a source computer to a user of an embodiment of the present subject matter.

"FIG. 3 illustrates a non-limiting example of a patient interface employed by a user of an exemplary system to access information thereon.

"FIG. 4 is a non-limiting example of an account interface employed by a user of an exemplary system to access account information available on a patient interface.

"FIG. 5 is a non-limiting example of a refill reminder interface employed by a user of an exemplary system to access account information available on a patient interface.

"FIG. 6 is a non-limiting example of a lab results or panel employed by a user of an exemplary system to access laboratory information available on a patient interface.

"FIG. 7 is an illustration of a Basic Metabolic Profile lab panel in FIG. 6.

"FIG. 8 is a non-limiting example of an X-rays and Procedure panel employed by a user of an exemplary system to access x-ray or procedural information available on a patient interface.

"FIG. 9 is an illustration of an exemplary radiology results panel or page in FIG. 8.

"FIG. 10 is a non-limiting example of a doctor's notes panel employed by a user of an exemplary system to access physician information available on a patient interface.

"FIG. 11 is a non-limiting example of a hospital records panel or page employed by a user of an exemplary system to access hospital record information available on a patient interface.

"FIG. 12 is an illustration of a selected hospital record page from the hospital records panel in FIG. 11.

"FIG. 13 is an illustration of another selected hospital record page from the hospital records panel in FIG. 11.

"FIG. 14 illustrates a non-limiting example of a physician interface employed by a user of an exemplary system to access information thereon.

"FIG. 15 is a block diagram of one embodiment of the present subject matter.

"FIG. 16 is a block diagram of another embodiment of the present subject matter."

For additional information on this patent application, see: Bowen, JR., John Robert; Hethcox, Anthony C. Method and System for Providing Access to Health Care Information. Filed November 28, 2012 and posted June 5, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=1015&p=21&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140529.PD.&OS=PD/20140529&RS=PD/20140529

Keywords for this news article include: Patents, Hospital, Medical Records, Records as Topic.

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