The CBC is a huge news source for me, and I posted the last one on Nano technology straight through the Blogger icon on the CBC website. This story did not have a blogger icon (it was missing in the deck of 35 other icons). Anyway, here is my commentary on this story, as a person who has studied Personal Health Records academically, but in not in actual implementation practice nor within a healthcare environment:
1. everyone should have an electronic health record that is interoperable
2. not everyone might need one, and the most vulnerable and those with chronic conditions are those who most need them and probably are also those least technologically inclined to learn how to use them or even access them, but I am overgeneralizing
3. at least physicians should grant an "access level view" of their EMR records to patients - from anywhere
4. personal health records should be the master record for all patients - one version is the clinically legal one, and the other is the version patients themselves control and annotate
5. a provincial or national architecture won't work successfully, as has been discussed elsewhere on this blog
6. we should all get started by insisting with our family physicians for a personal health record - the technicalities on how they can be interoperable or mobile to other healthcare clinics can be left to later (if it can't ideally be built into the system from the start)
7. start keeping your own electronic records of your health information
8. subscribe to a "stand alone" personal health record if all else fails
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