The patient-provider relationship has the potential to shift as a result of technological advancements
Healthcare technology is evolving at a rapid pace, with the potential to drastically alter the relationship between providers and their patients.
The US Department of Veterans Affairs, Regenstrief Institute, and Indiana University School of Medicine collaborated on a study that looked at different viewpoints on personal health data.
Personal health records differ from electronic health records because they are utilized by the patient rather than the practitioner. Patients can get test results, prescriptions, and other health information from patient portals, which are sometimes called patient portals. These portals are often called “patient portals.”
The researchers spoke with doctors, patients, and caregivers at the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center about their perspectives on personal health data and how they might be used.
During the interviews, patients stated that personal health records have the ability to strengthen their relationship with their provider and allow them to be better understood.
Physicians wanted more clinical information sharing to help them provide better care. One of the study’s authors is David Haggstrom, M.D., MAS, director of the Regenstrief Institute Center for Health Services Research, core investigator at the VA Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) Center for Health Information and Communication (CHIC), and associate professor of medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine.
These different views on the value of these records show how important it is for doctors and patients to talk about how PHRs will be used.
Both doctors and patients expressed their dissatisfaction with the workflow.
Patient portals have already put pressure on medical personnel, and patients are aware of this. How health systems and teams utilize PHRs must be carefully considered in order to maintain patient-centered care, “Dr. Haggstrom stated.
The next steps for personal health records are to use them more, make them more specific for illnesses, and make them easier to use.
Dr. Haggstrom is currently undertaking a five-year clinical experiment using a personalized health record for cancer patients. All of these things will be looked at by the research team: how well care is provided and how it affects patients and providers.