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Patient online record access – a global perspective

Authors Fisher B

Received 24 February 2015

Accepted for publication 7 May 2015

Published 29 July 2015 Volume 2015:7 Pages 9—13

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/PI.S60980

Checked for plagiarism Yes

Review by Single-blind

Peer reviewer comments 4

Editor who approved publication: Dr Johnny Chen

Brian Fisher

PAERS Ltd., London, UK

Abstract: Online patient record access now has quite a long history, mainly in the UK, Europe, and North America and we can see the benefits and risks more clearly. This paper explains why the idea is spreading round the world. The benefits are clear to patients and practices. Resistance, mainly from doctors, remains, but seems to subside once systems for record access are in place. Record access has risks, described here, but most can be minimized. The process shifts the balance of power between clinicians and patients – and developments are likely to drive that further.

Keywords: record access, patient empowerment, e-health, IT, shared decision-making

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