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Should patients own their health records?

BMJ 2022; 377 doi: (Published 11 May 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;377:o1182

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Basic Rights Re: Should patients own their health records?

Dear Editor,

Very simply put, Patients should receive a complete copy of their health records and should be able to dynamically update the status of the health records, while every Health Facility that provided the service also should be in position to hold a copy of the health records of the people they have provided the service to.

In the age of digital data and computers, generating, storing and updating health records digitally and producing hard copies as needed should not be difficult for both people and healthcare providers.

Arvind Joshi,

Competing interests: No competing interests

13 May 2022
Arvind Joshi
Founder Convener and President Our Own Discussion Group, Consultant Physician.
Our Own Discussion Group, Mumbai PIN 400028; Consultant Physician at Ruchi Diagnostic Center and Ruchi Clinical Laboratory Kharghar PIN 410210; Maharashtra State INDIA.
Mumbai PIN 400028 & Kharghar PIN 410210, Maharashtra State INDIA.