Providing Patients Access to Their Electronic Medical Record: An Evaluation of Impact on Patients' Experience with Care


Until recently, patients' access to their medical records has been limited. That could change markedly with the continued growth of the Internet and the development of electronic medical records (EMRs). This project consists of a controlled study of the attitudes, expectations, and experiences of patients with congestive heart failure who are provided access to their EMR via the Internet. Doctors' views on medical record access will also be studied. Project staff will evaluate the effect of EMR availability on patients' understanding of their condition, their ability to provide self-care, and their confidence in doctors' care. Findings will help determine the advantages and disadvantages of EMR access, offer guidance on how best to provide patients with such access, and, if proven beneficial, stimulate the diffusion of this practice.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
University of Colorado Hospital
Principal Investigator:
Stephen Ross, M.D., and C.T. Lin, M.D.
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
April 11, 2001

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