A big “thumbs up” to Toby Cosgrove, CEO of Cleveland Clinic for being the champion of “My Chart”, a program that allows patients, through password protected access, to obtain information from their own chart. As patients become “ePatients” and increasingly assume responsibility for their own health care decisions, they will demand this type of access to their own lab results and other health information. In addition, Dr. Cosgrove’s patient portal allows them to request prescription refills and ask for second opinions.
Since so much good (and bad) health information is available online, this access to your own chart, and having a portal to communicate with professional health providers on line is the big “missing” piece in the e Patient revolution.
I hope many others will follow Dr. Cosgrove’s example and begin offering this service to their patients.