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[Perspectives] Rethinking the medical record

Electronic health records (EHR) and patient portals, which epitomise the digitisation of medical care, are, ironically, major roadblocks for better health care. Much has been written about the shortcomings of EHRs, yet the unmet needs are broader and include not only the objective of control and ownership but also the capacity to search and share records by patients. The announcement earlier this year that Apple has launched a personal health record feature on its Health app that aggregates existing patient-generated data with a user’s electronic medical record is a step in that direction.

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