The idea of building health record banks to provide simple and secure access to communities’ personal health records is at least a decade old. But the growing interest in digital health records and health information exchanges is renewing interest in the concept, especially among public-sector leaders who believe the banks could deliver significant dividends.
Today, several state-backed projects are under way that could put the idea to the test. For example, a survey the Louisville Health Information Exchange (LouHIE) conducted in 2007 convinced officials that health consumers and providers in Kentucky were ready to participate in a health record bank.
… Health record banks could play an important role in protecting patient data by establishing one database in which all data is collected, said Dr. Deborah Peel, founder of Patient Privacy Rights. But that repository must be protected from random access and data mining, she added.