Regular readers of this blog know I am a skeptic when it comes to personal health records, but I guess I’m just a skeptic of the promises vendors are making. A story that aired on CNN Thursday tells how a patient found out he had cancer by reading his own medical records. His doctors completely missed it.
Consumer empowerment can be a wonderful thing. But the question remains, when will the masses take control of their own health information?
Interestingly, the reporter, Elizabeth Cohen, found her own medical records online at a site hosted by her health plan. She called the discovery a “big wow” for her. Yes, the information is out there, but how many people are really aware of this? And how secure are the records?