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Idea Mint.com for health records

By Alex Kazberouk | 01 Dec, 2014

I propose the development of a centralized access point for patient records, similar to the way individuals can access their financial records in one place on Mint.com. If patients were able to pull in data from a range of providers, they could see their latest test results, diagnoses, treatment plans, etc. all in one place.

There would be many challenges in ensuring patient privacy, and also interoperability of data from many different sources, but such a tool would have tremendous potential in promoting patient engagement and care coordination.

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Mubarakali Janmohamed Replied at 1:04 AM, 2 Dec 2014

Developing a centralised access point is an excellent idea however, it is quite challenging to implement this in resource limited settings like ours. The problems / challenges we encounter are:
1. Knowledge of computers and IT amongst healthcare staff
2. Electricity supply is erratic
3. Poor support services for IT packages - servicing and maintenance

I feel if we can address these challenges, implementing such a project will be possible.



Dr Mubarakali Janmohamed
Specialist Internal Medicine
Ph.D Student - Renal Medicine

A/Prof. Terry HANNAN Advisor Replied at 5:10 PM, 2 Dec 2014

I hope the following comments on todays do not reflect a state of ignorance on my part as ALL postings raise significant points regarding the Technology for Patient Engagement.

In the modern era many patients see multiple providers and so “timely” access is critical. Many times this access is non-concurrent i.e. the clinician is not available. For example my diabetics look up their orders and tests in the wee hours of the morning or at other times when “clinician health resources” are just not available.
So the Mint.com is about ACCESS however this raises other important issues which I will try to comment upon in the following text.

David Eisenberg Replied at 8:25 PM, 4 Dec 2014

Hi Alex, it is funny that you coined your idea the Mint.com for EHR's because I have actually thought of the exact same idea before and used the exact phrasing to talk to people about it. I am a first year med student at The Commonwealth Medical College in Scranton, PA. It would be great to connect more on this idea!

Jordan Harmon Advisor Replied at 3:21 PM, 5 Dec 2014

Alex, thanks for your idea submission. I agree that there is a lot of opportunity to expand the usage of portals such as one similar to mint for healthcare use. However, the challenge has been that many IT related EMR vendors are not entirely open to providing services that interact with other EMR systems. So, for example, because EMRs are developed by different companies, if you want to a health system with one EMR and then saw a physician at a different health system (with a different EMR) there would likely be no way to see your full healthcare picture.

With that being said, I do believe there is a very strong opportunity for a start-up to develop a service that integrates the patient to various EMR systems. I think that if patients are willing to utilize services through an independent website and provide data, EMRs and health systems will undoubtedly see the value in this data.

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