Patients' Access to Personal Health Information
Ellis, Brian W.
BMJ (British Medical Journal). 1986 Jan 25; 292(6515): 254-256.
Four physicians comment on an issue paper from the Department of Health and Social Security about provisions of the Data Protection Act that would permit patient access to computerized health records in 1987 unless the Secretary of State rules otherwise. S. Jenkins, a general practitioner, fears that patient access would refocus the record on the doctor's best interests rather than the patient's. C.J. Dickinson, a medical professor, welcomes access as fostering trust. M.A. Heasman, a health administrator, opposes unrestricted access but urges physicians to reveal more to patients. B.W. Ellis, a consultant surgeon, holds that patients have a right to see their records, subject to physician discretion in disclosing information to the patient's general practitioner or other third party. An interprofessional working group's "Statement on subject access to personal health information" rejects unrestricted access lest it inhibit health professionals from recording sensitive data. (KIE abstract)
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A Bill to Provide Individuals With Access to Health Information of Which They Are the Subject, Ensure Personal Privacy With Respect to Personal Medical Records and Health Care-Related Information, Impose Criminal and Civil Penalties For Unauthorized Use of Personal Health Information, and to Provide for the Strong Enforcement of These Rights Unknown author (United States. Congress. Senate, 1997-11-04)