Published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research this paper briefly outlines the history of the medical record and the factors contributing to the adoption of computerized records in primary care in the United Kingdom.
It discusses how both paper-based and electronic health records have traditionally been used in the past and goes on to examine how enabling patients to access their own primary care record online is changing the form and function of the patient record.
In addition, it looks at the evidence for the benefits of Web-based access and discusses some of the challenges faced in this transition.
Finally, some suggestions are made regarding the future of the patient record and research questions that need to be addressed to help deepen our understanding of how they can be used more beneficially by both patients and clinicians.
McMillan B, Eastham R, Brown B, Fitton R, Dickinson D
Primary Care Patient Records in the United Kingdom: Past, Present, and Future Research Priorities
J Med Internet Res 2018;20(12):e11293