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Patients Should Control EHR Information, Says Google Exec

alfred_spector_lgSpeaking at the American College of Healthcare Executives‘ annual conference on healthcare leadership, Google’s Vice President of Research and Special Initiatives Alfred Spector said patients should be able to add, change or delete information, and determine who can view their EHRs, according to ModernHealthcare.

Patients should also be able to correct errors or annotate information entered by their doctor, as well as have the right to conceal certain information from healthcare providers when they seek a second opinion, Spector said at the conference held March 25 in Chicago, Ill.

He added that patients want “transaction efficiency,” which includes secure communication with their doctors, online scheduling, timely lab results and appointment summaries.

The Google executive also spoke about some of the Internet giant’s innovations in healthcare, mentioning the accurate tracking of flu outbreaks in the United States and the Google Person Finder, which helped family members find each other after being separated by the recent earthquake in Haiti.

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