Personal health records make medicine more patient-centered

One of the easiest ways to make medicine more patient-centered is to routinely ensure that patients have access to the information in their own medical records, including their medical history, laboratory results, diagnoses, and treatment plans. Going a step further, patients also can be encouraged to add to the record—including results of past medical tests, or information about their personal medical histories, such as diseases or conditions, medication allergies, blood type, family history, etc.

Aniruddha Malpani, MD“Allowing patients to review and provide feedback about their records can provide you with valuable information that can enhance their care.”
-Aniruddha Malpani, MD, medical director of Malpani Infertility Clinic in Mumbai, India

At present, most doctors and hospitals in India do not allow patients to see or contribute to their own records. In other countries such as the United States, more and more healthcare providers are seeing the benefits to allowing both doctors and patients to access medical records and provide input.

This type of collaboration is often called...

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