5 Ways to Let Patients View their Health Records


As more and more physicians enter patient information, notes and test results into electronic health records (EHRs), patients have the potential to receive more coordinated care and easier access to their health information. As a company that develops and integrates health-related applications, we’re always on the lookout for great patient enablement and engagement tools. Here are five systems that health providers can use to let their patients to securely view their health records.

1upHealth (www.1up.health)

The 1upHealth platform compiles data from a large number of major hospitals and health networks across the US. Patients can then open a free 1upHealth account and see their medical records online, all aggregated into a single medical record that can be viewed through 1upHealth’s website. In addition, 1upHealth provides an API that app developers can use in order to create specialized health applications that also connect to this set of data. 1upHealth provides a robust product, though patients need to belong to at least one of the participating hospitals in order to see their records online. At the time of this writing, 1upHealth connects to 96 different health systems.

Health Data Archiver (www.healthdataarchiver.com)

If your practice will be moving to new EMR software and needs to extract the data from the old one, Health Data Archiver can extract, migrate and retain the historical information left behind in the old platform. By using this tool, health providers can have easy access to the old data and can share it with their patients when necessary.

ChartViewer (gdsconnect.com/ehr-software-handle-legacy-data)

Practices migrating to a new EMR system are not always able to have all of their legacy data converted and imported to the new EMR. ChartViewer is an EHR data archival system that enables providers to access the old records easily so that they can pass them along to patients at the patients’ request. When migrating legacy data into a new EMR is not a viable or desirable option, ChartViewer keeps the old data in a structured, discrete, and easy to use format so the practice can start fresh with their new EMR system.

MedChart (www.medchart.ca)

MedChart is a Canadian cloud-based patient portal which lets patients easily access and own their official health records and get the best care possible. Using their automated release of information process, patients can seamlessly obtain medical records online from their healthcare providers and have constant access to them via their online patient portal.

Dot Health (www.dothealth.ca)

Dot Health wants to give people more context to their health data by enabling them to collect, gather, track and share their own health data. Their beta program which currently runs in Ontario, Canada, allows users to provide access to their OHIP number and a list of institutions they remember going to. Dot Health then packages that, notifies the institutions, and presents the information in a way that lets users understand trends in their health and share that with their loved ones.

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