An EHR “Voice” When You Don’t Have One

Posted on September 19, 2012 I Written By

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I was struck by the following tweet by ANdre Picard and the corresponding article that he links to by Heather Thiessen on Qreview. Go ahead and read the article. I’ll be here when you get back.

This is a powerful concept that I don’t think we fully appreciate, because in our current healthcare environment our EHR isn’t a very good voice on our behalf. In most cases our EHR record is muted and stuck in a data silo at our physician’s office. This is sad because of what Heather describes as the possible benefit of interoperable EHR:

In retrospect, having an EHR in place could have made my hospital visit in Ontario much more efficient, considerably less stressful, and perhaps even less dangerous for all involved. Luckily, my husband had considerable knowledge about my specific peculiarities and allergies, as I was not fully able to communicate them myself. Electronic health records could, essentially, become a patient’s voice when the patient doesn’t have one.

I love that idea of an EHR being the patient voice when the patient doesn’t have one. I know there are a lot of companies working on this problem and coming at it from 100 different directions. The day our healthcare data gets its voice can’t come soon enough for me.