It is extremely helpful that the nominee to head of one of the largest federal agencies, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), stated he believes medical records should belong to patients.
You will be intrigued by Don Berwick’s terrific and very personal article titled “What ‘Patient-Centered’ Should Mean: Confessions Of An Extremist, A seasoned clinician and expert fears the loss of his humanity if he should become a patient.” He is a highly respected physician and scholar. Key quotes:
- “Medical records would belong to patients. Clinicians, rather than patients, would need to have permission to gain access to them.”
- “My proposed definition of “patient-centered care” is this: The experience (to the extent the informed, individual patient desires it) of transparency, individualization, recognition, respect, dignity, and choice in all matters, without exception, related to one’s person, circumstances, and relationships in health care . . .”