Huppert acts to give patients ownership of medical records

7 November, 2013 No Comments

A move to change the law to give patients ownership of their electronic medical records is being driven by Cambridge MP Julian Huppert.

Julian has co-sponsored a 10 Minute Rule Bill in Parliament which would allow patients to access their records and require medical professionals to share them with patients.

The changes give patients the ability to check their records for key medical information and submit changes such as any symptoms or side effects. They could also give permission for their data to be used for medical research.

It would allow the electronic patient record to plug into online health apps such as watchstrap heart and blood pressure monitors that can automatically upload data and transmit it to health professionals.

Julian said: “This would be a huge step forward in empowering patients to have a better say in their treatment, check that records kept about them are correct and complete and make sure that medical professionals have all the information they need.

“There has been a culture in the NHS where professionals have resented patients who ask to see their data. We want to change this so that patients can get the information they want about their treatment or that of their loved ones.

“There will also be a duty for professionals to make sure that records are passed onto the next person responsible for the care of a patient which will ensure continuity of care and track diagnosis and treatment.”

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