Access to medical records under proposal
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services thinks so, and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sibelius proposed a new rule Sept. 12 that would allow such access.
"When it comes to health care, information is power," Sibelius said at the first-ever HHS Consumer Health IT Summit in Washington, D.C. "When patients have their lab results, they are more likely to ask the right questions, make better decisions and receive better care."
Sounds good, but some in the medical profession aren't so sure, expressing concerns that some patients could become confused or misinterpret what they see in their reports.
Such confusion could lead to an overreaction to what they mistakenly interpret as an abnormal result or on the other hand think that the report contains no cause for alarm when it actually does.
Public comments regarding the proposed rule will be taken until Nov. 14. A spokeswoman for the American Medical Association said the AMA is "currently reviewing