Give patients access to their medical records

If Sweden can do it, so can we all, says Fiona Godlee, theBMJ Editor in chief

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… “Patient empowerment is at the heart of a radical redesign of care and organisational restructure at Karolinska University Hospital in Sweden. Fresh from his success in turning round Radboud University Medical Centre in the Netherlands, Karolinska chief executive Melvin Samsom is determined to transform the experience of patients and has involved them at every stage.” …

…”This year Sweden will achieve universal online access of patients to their full medical records. … this has taken time, a need to overcome resistance among clinicians, and a change in the law. Other countries, including the UK, are overcoming similar challenges. Patients across the US, Canada, Australia, the Netherlands, and elsewhere in Europe are gaining access to their records, and the UK government has promised universal access by 2020.“…

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