Accessing your own medical records should be as easy as checking your online bank account, a new health-data group contends, and Monday it launched a website to promote better access.
The site, HealthDataRights.org, was established by a group that is boosting greater personal use of electronic medical records. Only 15% of physicians track the records electronically, said James Heywood, a group founder.
"We want to move toward a world in which patients have complete access to their medical information," he said. "Patients have the right to help themselves."
Heywood is chairman and co-founder of Patients Like Me, a social networking health site. He said a major roadblock in many states are laws that make it cumbersome for doctors to turn over information to patients.