Nurses Challenged to Ask for their Own Medical Records

The Alliance for Nursing Informatics and American Nurses Association have teamed with the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT to encourage nurses across the nation to ask for a copy of their own electronic health records.

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Comments (3)
Wonder if that would finally make nurses fight for commonsense in charting. How many time and date stamps and legalese will it take to make a nurse go crazy? How long will it take to find the 2 lines of essential information in a 8 page Charting of an up-coded level V visit note? A nice psychological experiment indeed. I hope they take the photos of the nurses with a candid camera as they view their electronic Med records ( of course with the standard informed consent in small print, legal mumbo-jumbo, time and date stamp ) and post these on youtube for the fun of it! EMR generated hash should make someone smile ..if not the patient at least the public...
One of my colleagues has saved 1200 pages of fax he received from an EMR! Never ever make the mistake of requesting medical record. Always ask for the specific documents you want.
Posted by nsmurali | Monday, September 10 2012 at 9:44PM ET
As a nurse and strong advocate for giving patients electronic access to their medical records, simply asking for a copy of anything is not the way to encourage patients to engage in their healthcare! I once made the mistake of asking for a "copy of" my son's medical records and was charged a ridiculous amount of money at a per page rate - including all of the blank pages of paper that were spewed out. It was meaningless to me - if given electronic access, we can make this information much more actionable and finally put patients at the center of healthcare as so many Health Systems state in their Mission Statements.
Posted by LORI B | Thursday, September 13 2012 at 5:30PM ET
As a registered nurse, a couple of things struck me after reading this short article. First, I am saddened that the nursing profession in general is not more overtly aware of the MU standards without having to have encouragement from the ONC and ANA. Shouldn't understanding of these national mandates be a component of competency in the nursing profession? And then Lori, you make an excellent point about pointing out the verbiage utilized in this short article. When a user accesses their health information online it is not simply a copy that can be misplaced. Using online personal health records provides historical and current health information, and resides in the same place and is easily accessible by the patient. Nursing needs to promote to patients the importance of seeking care in organizations that provide online access to personal health information, not simply copies of documents.
Posted by Daria B | Thursday, September 13 2012 at 6:42PM ET
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