What Online Access To Your Medical Records Won’t Allow You To Do
The governor of Minnesota unveiled a plan today to allow state employee’s to view their health information online and use a debit card to access their health savings accounts for eligible medical expenses.
The article cited above calls the records “online health portfolios.” I’m not sure exactly what that means (because I’ve only heard of electronic medical records, personal health records, and electronic health records). However, this magical system seems to allow you to diagnose yourself and determine your own treatment plan:
You’re sick. Achy. You’ve got a nagging feeling that maybe this is a recurrence of that bug you picked up a few months ago.
Imagine logging on to your secured personal medical Web profile, checking results of previous lab tests, doing a few quick price comparisons on treatment options, then using your flexible spending account debit card to pay for eligible out-of-pocket costs.
I believe health informatics will radically change the way medical care is provided. However, I doubt having access to all of my health information (no matter how comprehensive it is) will allow me to diagnose myself based on lab values and determine the best treatment plan. In reality, I doubt any system instituted in Minnesota will make the above scenario possible and definitely not in 2 or 3 years. This is just poor journalism.