Originally Posted by explanade
Hmm do I want it up on WebMD.
I suppose if I switch carriers again it might be useful to be able to access it.
Do doctors use a standard digital format for health records yet?
Standard formats for health care came around 1987. They're used between the most providers, payers. There are specs for patient EMR exchange but to what level its implemented is the question. HL7 the name of the organization that supports those.
The problem with EMR as I understand it is the smaller providers have little to no IT infrastructure to support the implementation. The bigger players do, but they also have legacy to support and update. Then there are security/network issues between companies.
I believe HHS has a HealthIT group thats mission is to define an infrastructure to support exchange of information. It's a 10 year project, sounds interesting but lots of work.
Different provider's have silos of data about us. My PCP belongs to a group owned by a public company. Not huge but 20 hospitals and the specialists to support them. If I go to any provider in that group they can see all my records.
That said I went to a different large hospital in 2014. My records from that stay came to my PCP via US mail.
Maybe WebMD is trying to fill that void.
Downloading your own medical records and uploading to a new provider probably will never happen. Believe or not DRs figured out a long time ago that some patients would modify their information.:what:
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