EHRs boost patient involvement in care, says study

07/21/2013 | BeckersHospitalReview.com

A study in the Journal of Medical Internet Research involving 30 patients who participated in the Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center's My HealtheVet Pilot showed that allowing patients to access their EHRs could enhance patients' involvement in their care. Researchers revealed that accessing EHRs improved patients' understanding of their health conditions as well as their communication with doctors. "Viewing their records appears to empower patients and enhance their contributions to care, calling into question common provider concerns about the effect of full record access on patient well-being," according to the authors.

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