Who owns your medical files?

Who owns your medical files?
You live in a jurisdiction and build up a medical history with your doctor and maybe area hospitals if you
are unfortunate.
Then, as happens to a lot of people during their lifetime, move to another jurisdiction. Maybe within the
same political governing region or state but different local municipality. Meaning registering with new
doctors as well as government services.
If you are on top of things, you pay for your previous doctor(s) to photocopy records/files they have on
you to send to the new doctor(s) you registered with. Hmm!
What then, if, a big and unfortunate IF, in the new jurisdiction a medical incident occurs for which the
new area or local hospital does the regular imaging scans, finds the odd things to cause some curiosity?
In science, the next thing always is, what do we have to compare this finding with? If it is the first
occurrence, then we study going forward. If, however, the patient has some history not to be sniffed at
that the new medical team can use to gain knowledge about the patient, in the absence of the patient
owning their own medical record or files and storing them on the Cloud somewhere to grant access as
and when appropriate the opportunity for knowledge to provide appropriate care disappears.
So, I ask the question, who owns or should own a patient’s record? Cloud Computing and secure online
storage offers opportunity for individuals to be able to grant access to their medical records to treating
physicians as needed.
Emergencies occur while on vacation, while on a short business or school trip (Covid-19 or not), or
maybe just even crossing the border somewhere for the day. The need for this change should not be lost
during the wholesale adoption of working from home, as after all, ‘home’ could in fact be a jurisdiction
outside of the area close to what used to be the ‘office’. Just a thought.

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