Instead Of Centralized Healthcare Records, Why Not Let People Store And Manage Their Own?
from the now-there's-an-idea dept
Last month, we talked about the balancing act between making your medical records more accessible to health professionals, but at the same time keeping them private. There are many attempts at making medical records electronic and centralizing them -- which is great for medical professionals to be able to access when needed, but raises questions about how secure they really are. At the other end of the spectrum, though, is the idea of more distributed health records. For example, it's increasingly popular for people to create and store their own personal medical records, which they can let a medical professional access with permission, but which also lets the person have much more control over the records. There's obviously some concern about the idea of giving too much control to the individual, but it seems like perhaps there's a better middle ground here where individuals have more control both over what's available in their medical records and who can access them, rather than trusting the entire operation to the healthcare industry. If patients could not only manage their own records (with certain limitations), but also be kept aware of who is accessing their records, there's a lower probability of misuse. Similar to the ideas of sousveillance or David Brin's Transparent Society, giving more control to end users to watch who's watching their info could prevent some of the worst abuses of electronically available health records.