Health records to go electronic or not ? That’s the question across the world now.
In Canada,a recent survey recent survey sponsored by Canada Health Infoway, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, and Health Canada showed that about 87 per cent of those polled believe EHRs will make diagnosis quicker and more accurate, while 82 per cent believe they will reduce prescription error.
Eighty-four per cent of respondents would like to be able to access their own medical records online, while 77 per cent would like audit trails that document access to their health information.
Canada info-way a non-profit organization is working on implementing electronic health records nationwide.
But,across the atlantic ocean in a survey among GP’s across U.K a poll by by Medix, a healthcare online research organization previously used by the Department of Health to test medical opinion,found that 59% of GPs in England are unwilling to upload any record without the patient’s specific consent.They feared hacking of patient’s record and bribery or blackmail of people with access to the their health records can further precipitate loss of privacy with identity theft.
To conclusively,prove that health records online can serve significant benefits is a long and tedious battle ahead whether it is for Microsoft or Google.