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Thursday, November 18, 2004

Patients' medical records now available online

Patients' medical records now available online: "The Internet keeps Tow Berg in touch with her health, whether she is at home, at work or on vacation.
In the past, Berg, 53, of Marshfield would have to wait for a phone call from the doctor's office to find out if her blood medication was on track. She began taking coumadin, an anticoagulant, after suffering a stroke six years ago.
'A lot of time I would have to wait for a call,' Berg said. 'But they always leave at 5 (p.m.), and I'm not home a lot of the time.'
'It's good to know (the test results) before I start doing something. It's convenient for me.'
If she wasn't home she was out of luck. But now her monthly blood test results are available online at a secure Marshfield Clinic Web site. That information helps her keep her medication in check."


  • Are health records in the UK more accurate than those in the US? Mr. G. W. Bush has called for every American to have an EHR (electronic health record) within 10 years ~~ sounds like a good thing to call for, I guess. Since most people's medical records currently contain more errors than their credit reports, implementation of the EHR should lead to enough problems to make identity theft and credit card hassles positively desirable!

    By Blogger Tripichik, at 12:00 PM  

  • There hasn't been any significant nationwide study done to determine the accurracy of medical records in the UK. In the US, as you rightly pointed out errors in medical records have been the push for the implementation of EHRs, while the UK, the push is a result of the current government's desire to be seen as doing something about dwindling quality of service offred by the National health Service.

    By Blogger Obi Igbokwe, at 1:34 PM  

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