Updated on 7 August 2013
Is Electronic Health Record the most critical aspect of this whole interconnected healthcare system?
When we started this project in 2010, we had made it clear that electronic health record system is not the only element that the healthcare community has to think of. We are looking at an ecosystem of shared information so that people can have the choice of knowing about their treatment and physicians can consider their patients as aware. In an electronic health record, a physician can see the history of the patient, but we are looking at a system that helps patient and physicians to decide the best treatment possible.
Electronic health record is important, but not enough. If I am a clinician and I am seeing a patient for a first time, it is of great help to me to see a patient past records but it should also make you decide what are the things you want to consider to understand as individuals, and what are the things that a patient is doing that are non-medical and is helping him.
What are the concerns of individuals about sharing their private information in the ecosystem?
New Zealand has mixed population, where there are conservative as well as liberal thinkers on sharing their health information. New Zealand has legislation guidelines that clearly indicate that patient information is owned by the patient and before sharing with doctors or clinicians, their consent is mandatory. Community understanding and support of the appropriate use of the available information is very critical for the effective utilization of the resources.