Health care providers encourage “shared accountability” by providing patients with access to medical records

June 18, 2014 | Reply More

Mary Ellen Sexton, left, found outdated data in her husband Lynn’s, center, medical record. Patients’ checking ‘only helps me,’ says their physician, Richard Martin, right. Photo Credit: Wendy Wilson/Geisinger/Wall Street Journal

Health care providers hope to encourage “shared accountability” between patients and doctors to prevent errors and improve care by providing patients with access to their medical records. The Wall Street Journal found that studies have shown that “errors can occur on as many as 95% of the medication lists found in patient medical records.” As the use of Electronic Health Records grows, so does the ability of doctors to more easily share records and communicate effectively with patients.

A pilot study conducted at Geisinger in Danville, PA asked patients with chronic diseases to go online between November 2011 and June 2012 to review the medications in their EHR with the option to indicate which medications they were no longer taking, which they were taking differently than prescribed, and which they were taking that were not listed. Nearly 90% of the patients that viewed their records requested changes to their medication record, 80% of which were accepted and resulted in changes to the record. A few stopped taking medications that could have harmed their health and Geisinger doctors are optimistic that continued patient involvement will reduce malpractice liability and improve patient data and care.

Would you review and revise your health records if given the opportunity?

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