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Lisa Henderson
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Lisa Henderson,
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12/21/2011 | 7:01:00 PM
re: Patients Want Electronic Link To Doctor's Notes
I like the first comment, but very interesting that this patient and doctors alike, apparently are concerned about mental health issues. Meaning, in the article it says that sharing of notes were mandated, they would be less candid in certain not taking. "The clinical areas in which doctors indicate they'd be most likely to document differently are cancer, obesity, substance abuse, and mental health, she said."

The commenter noted she doesn't think that other physicians need to know the status of anti-depressant medication for unrelated illnesses.

I just find it interesting. Would anti-depressant use be of importance to other certain therapeutic areas? Doesn't substance abuse indicate other issues related to mental health? Obesity is problematic on a variety of therapeutic levels.

For aggregated use, the data and records could be de-identified of course for larger outcomes studies or comparative or quality studies, but individual holistic approach to medicine doesn't appear to be on the data radar.

Lisa Henderson, InformationWeek Healthcare, contributing editor
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12/20/2011 | 8:27:51 PM
re: Patients Want Electronic Link To Doctor's Notes
Not only do I want access to all of the medical records pertaining to me because I believe that my records belong to me, but for each and every piece of data about me, I want the ability to decide who gets to see it. That information is about me and belongs to me. While I understand that there could be some benefit for a single physician to see everything about me, there is downside to that, IN MY JUDGEMENT.
For example, I do not want my podiatrist who also happens to be my brother-in-law and who treats my ingrown toenails to see that I also happen to take an anti-depressant. IN MY JUDGEMENT, it's not necessary for him to know that in order to deliver proper care.


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