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The Patient Portal—Help or Hindrance?

Just Want to Talk | Last Active: Feb 17 12:10am | Replies (227)

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I worked in high tech industry and led projects for implementing universal databases. It takes time (and patience) to educate people. And sometimes the right person (as someone who understands how a database works and the world of the user) is not the person chosen to implement project. But well-designed databases offer a tremendous opportunity in medicine. It makes it easy to track symptoms and treatment outcomes across a grand variety of clinical pictures.
The idea of having a patient portal tied to a database of information is to make it easy for people to change doctors and to see the results of their tests and doctor's notes. But uniformity is required to segment things correctly in the underlying database - maybe that is why they use generic names of drugs so as not to confuse brand names and generics .
Clinics are supposed to be able to see each other's information on the patient - that is IF you are their patient. That is how they see your whole clinical picture...and also avoid duplicate tests. In the case of a medical emergency that will be critical!!!

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I have database experience also. Your comments were well made but led me to conclude that I wasn't clear about one of my points. I've been a patient of the Mayo Clinic for eons. They were the first in my experience with a medical facility where the physicians were all able to share data with others at Mayo by the minute ... you leave one appointment and the MD at the next one knows what the first did, the assessment and the like. In my comments I may have used the word "clinic" in a way that is being interpreted differently. My experience where data was shared was by a portal vendor selling their systems to two different medical facilities not at all connected with each other in any way. The data shared inappropriately and without my knowledge or permission was very dated and some was incorrect. Also I had considered your very salient point then about emergencies in that situation. If not caught by me early on, it could well have been quite serious.