Medical Subject Headings (MeSH): Patient Access to Records

Patient access to records in healthcare refers to the ability of patients to view, download, and share their own health information, such as medical history, test results, and treatment plans. This can be done through the use of electronic health records (EHRs) and personal health records (PHRs).

EHRs are digital versions of the paper charts in a clinician’s office, and they can include a patient’s medical history, medications, allergies, lab results, and other information. EHRs enable healthcare providers to access patient information quickly and easily, and to share information with other providers as needed.

PHRs, on the other hand, are web-based applications or portals that allow patients to access their health information, and also to manage their health, such as scheduling appointments, ordering medication refills, and connecting with providers. Some PHRs also allow patients to add information such as notes, photos, and videos, and to share it with their healthcare providers.

Patient access to records is becoming increasingly important as patients are taking a more active role in their own care. It allows patients to be more informed about their health, to better understand their conditions, and to make more informed decisions about their treatment. It also allows patients to share their information with other healthcare providers, which can improve continuity of care and reduce the risk of errors.

However, it’s important to note that patient access to records also raises concerns about data privacy and security, so healthcare providers should ensure that the access to records is granted in a secure and controlled way and that the patient’s personal information is protected.

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