Health Records Should Belong to Patients

November 30, 2017 Gerard Scheitlin

In the second episode of a two-part podcast, ITSPmagazine's Sean Martin speaks with Gerard Scheitlin, chief risk officer and VP of security, risk, and assurance for Orion Health. In part 1,  Gerard shares how Orion Health helps healthcare organizations protect sensitive health information and make this information available in ways that can lead to healthier populations.   

In this second episode, the two continue the conversation, looking beyond the system and digging deeper into health records. Gerard discusses the types of data included in today’s electronic health records. You may be surprised about the diverse range of data sets that are collected, submitted, and used to provide health services.

We are in a transition in healthcare, one moving from a population-focused system of care to a model where data-driven precision medicine can be applied to specific treatments based on a rich set of health information made available via our medical records. With this, questions arise: How do patients provide information that matters and how do they take an active role in the data access and management process? And, more importantly, are they in control of the processes that manage how and when data is submitted, collected, accessed, shared, and analyzed? Can they turn on and off access to their medical record like a light switch?

With more types and volume of data being shared and readily available to the entire healthcare ecosystem, how do we approach and manage risk? How do we make a patient’s health information valid (and valuable) for better care and treatment, and not worth a penny for anyone looking to steal the information for malicious or fraudulent purposes? It’s this type of radical transformation that's required to move healthcare delivery forward while dramatically reducing the risks we currently face in making our data available electronically. As Gerard notes in this episode, we need to be able to own our data and be aware of where our data lives.

Click here to listen to the podcast. 
The original article can be found at the ITSPmagazine site here.

 

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