Personal Control of Private Health Data
Our current system is dysfunctional in that everyone’s personal health data is controlled by practitioners, institutions and insurance companies when it should be considered to be absolutely private information that should be controlled by the individual.
Regulations should be implemented to bring individual health data under the control of the individual and set penalties and fines for misuse and abuse of this private information.
In Taiwan, every enrollee has a health records smart card. This credit-card-size card contains information about the patient's health history to identify and reduce insurance fraud, overcharges, duplication of services and tests. The health practitioner puts the card into a reader and the patient's medical history and prescriptions come up on a computer screen.
QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS:
1. Why is our health related data owned and controlled by industry and not by the individual? Why don’t we have a safe, secure, private Electronic Personal Health Records system in which each “patient” has direct control and ownership of their complete health and treatment history?