In principle we have access to our own healthcare data. In practice, it is frequently laborious, costly and at least inconvenient and sometimes impossible. In that context as noted by my colleague Keith Strier, we have some good news from the federal government.
In the very first PCHRI conference, when I facilitated the business section, one of the few truly memorable take-aways for me was coming to the conclusion that what we really needed was a “download” button on EHRs. It seemed so simple, but unachievable. Yet, here we are, the first major public initiative to install a download button. It’s nice to see if come full circle.
Perhaps the government will mandate that all developers and vendors of electronic health records must follow suit.