There are still far too many situations where health data is not easily shareable. Patients are asked to provide medical history from memory, completing the same long forms for each new provider they visit. Additionally, patients are rarely able to accurately list their medications, often incorrectly remembering dosages, or even omitting medications entirely. The burden this places on the provider increases both administrative costs and the likelihood of ordering unnecessary duplicate tests, making it difficult to effectively provide quality care.
In most industries users can access, and control access to, their own information. Patients, quite rightly, expect the same from the medical community. Additionally, there is a wealth of evidence correlating high patient engagement with improved long-term health outcomes. Concerns about security, privacy and data interoperability have long kept this dream of patient-centered information management at bay, but we believe we are finally at an inflection point.