HHS Whiteboard on Health Care Data


[Music playing in the background. Hand begins drawing on whiteboard] At HHS, we are working to build a health
care system that puts patients in the center of their
care. And one of the best tools patients can
use is their own health care data. Today, almost every hospital, and three-quarters
of doctors use electronic health records. And nearly everyone in the US has a
digital record of their health care. This type of record – your digital health
care footprint – can help you and your doctor make more informed
decisions, without you having to lug around paper
records from one doctor’s office to another. It can warn your doctor not to prescribe
that medication you’re allergic to. And it makes sure you don’t have to take
the same test every time you see a new specialist, or go
to a different hospital. But not everyone has seen the benefits of
this new kind of care. With a lot of electronic systems today, data
often can’t move from one hospital to another. Different systems basically speak different
data languages. Some hospitals and doctors still are reluctant
to give patients their own information. And the way we have paid for health care
hasn’t always rewarded sharing information. But at HHS, we’re working to change that. First, we are encouraging common standards
for electronic health records, so different systems can speak the same language. Second, we are making sure every part of
our health care system knows that you, as a patient, have a right to your health
information. Third, with new rules and regulations, we’re
making it easier for electronic data to move simply and securely
throughout the entire health care system. It hasn’t been easy. We’ve faced a few challenges. But we’ve made some remarkable progress. Companies that provide electronic health records
for 90 percent of America’s hospitals have publicly committed to making
health information flow more easily. We’ve launched challenges for the tech community to see who can create the most user-friendly
app that lets you pull all of your information into
one place. And we are spreading the word,
so doctors and hospitals know that you have a right
to your own health data. You should be able to send
it wherever you’d like. But we need your help. If you’re a clinician, the health
information exchange organizations in your state can show you how to access and exchange your
patient’s health information electronically. And if you’re a patient – you can and you should ask for access to your health
information. After all, that’s how we make sure
you’re in the center of your care. It’s how we make sure that
you’re empowered and engaged. It’s how we build a health care system
that works better for everyone. Better Smarter Healthier That is the power of putting patients in
the center of our health care system. And that is Delivery System Reform.

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