I dream of a day when no matter where I access healthcare, my complete medical record will securely be available on line. Any time I see a specialist or need to go to a hospital, my chart will be readily available. I won’t have to worry that my MRI, CT or lab work from another hospital or state will be unavailable or if I end up at the emergency room, the medical team won’t know my medical history and medications.
In my dream, I have full access to all my records. Not just do I control who can access the notes, I have real time information and alerts on who is reading the chart. As a patient advocate, I dream of having faster access to medical information in order to be able to better assist a client with decision making.
Is it a possibility? I realize this is going to take massive coordination for doctors and facilities to find software systems that talk to each other. It is a complex task but one that has to be a goal for the future. How much money and time is lost when medical information is not available. Tests are repeated and mistakes are made. Patients suffer.
A girl can dream.