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    Immediate patient access to current medical records, not via \"portal\"
    David L Keller, MD | Independent
    All patients need and deserve immediate access to all physician consultation reports and clinical data, including labs, imaging and pathology results, as well as real-time scrutiny of physician orders, including the names and dosages of all medications being administered, and the progress notes written by all clinicians. This is not just an optional courtesy, nor is it a privilege to be granted at the whim of a healthcare provider, this is a right. The patient owns their healthcare information, and should never have to wait for their doctor to review results and sign off before releasing them, as with patient portals. If you want to see results before you patients do, then you need to work faster.  
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    Research Letter
    May 2015

    Patient Access to Electronic Health Records During Hospitalization

    Author Affiliations
    • 1Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora
    • 2Professional Resources, University of Colorado Hospital, Aurora
    • 3Neuroscience Unit, University of Colorado Hospital, Aurora
    • 4College of Nursing, University of Colorado Denver, Aurora
    • 5Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Colorado Health, Aurora
    JAMA Intern Med. 2015;175(5):856-858. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2015.121

    In 2001, the Institute of Medicine1 recommended improving patient engagement by providing continuous care, allowing patients to be the source of control and fostering transparency with patients and families. Electronic health records (EHRs) facilitate these objectives via the use of patient portals.2 Giving outpatients direct access to their health information helps clinicians find errors and improves patient satisfaction, although the implications of this type of access have not been well studied in the inpatient setting.3-5 This hospital-based study evaluates the experiences of patients, clinicians (including physicians and advanced practice providers), and nurses with immediate (real-time) release of test results and other EHR information through a patient portal.

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