Full Access to EHRs Mostly Beneficial for Patients, Study Says

Viewing their electronic health records empowers patients and enhances their contributions to their own care, according to a study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

Researchers held five focus group sessions for a total of 30 patients and six family members at the Portland (Ore.) Veterans Administration Medical Center who had accessed and viewed their EHRs.

According to the study, most patients felt that seeing their records positively affected their communication with providers and the health system. Patients had predominantly positive experiences with health record transparency, and only a few said that seeing previously undisclosed information caused challenges.

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