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April 3, 2013 8:26 pm

Thanks for the opportunity to comment. My last two health care providers maintained online records of all in-house tests, including vitals, lab results, problems, etc. This has been very helpful to me in tracking the trajectory of my health over the past few years, and I now consider this kind of ready access to personal health information an essential element of the doctor-patient relationship. Obviously, this should be the bare minimum goal, at least for health care providers who regularly work as part of larger or high-income organizations. It would be great if any government-encouraged standards also included the ability to track personal health issues in a way that is available to both the patient and the doctor throughout the year, and not just during physicals or sick visits.… more »

These items are happening now; government action to support these initiatives shouldn’t be held up by challenges like getting FitBits and smartphone apps up to “code” from a privacy perspective.

And, of course, there should be both carrots and sticks to get different health care providers’ systems to play well with each other. « less

April 3, 2013 11:18 pm

Yup, you got it.

April 3, 2013 11:16 pm

Welcome to Planning Room iamherring, and thank you for your comment. It sounds like you had a positive experience with online health records and would like to see them expanded. You mentioned that you would like the government to encourage standards to include the ability to track health issues throughout the year; could you say more about this? Do you mean that you would like the ability to add to your health records at any time?

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