Access to personal health information (3)

29 June, 2020

The use of artificial intelligence to assist citizens to source health information will be advantageous. Access to personal data that has already been collated, entered into a data file (medical record) following conversations and consultations and examinations between the doctor and the citizen (patient) will perfectly supplement general information that the patient searches for through AI. The medically collected data will narrow down the citizen's field of search and will aid the citizen's interpretation of the general information in relation to their own position of health and disease. Citizens/patients read, analyse and use the comments, results, tests from the personal data file of health information (the medical record). ( https://www.bmj.com/content/367/bmj.l6762/rr-3 ) Although levels of health literacy vary - as shown in the American Adult Literacy Survey of 2003 - most patients can understand some or all of their records when the terms are linked to explanatory data. Patients with low literacy can ask their family or friend groups to interpret their personal data. This is not a breach of medical confidentiality as the citizen/patient gives consent to the sharing when sharing.

HIFA profile: Richard Fitton is a retired family doctor - GP, British Medical Association. Professional interests: Health literacy, patient partnership of trust and implementation of healthcare with professionals, family and public involvement in the prevention of modern lifestyle diseases, patients using access to professional records to overcome confidentiality barriers to care, patients as part of the policing of the use of their patient data.

Email address: richardpeterfitton7 AT gmail.com