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Re: Medical Data

On Tue, 24 Sep 1996, Timothy C. May wrote:

> Why can't patients carry their _own_ medical records, and disclose what
> they wish to disclose to doctors and hospitals, as they see fit? Whether
> implemented in a high-tech version, as a "smart card," or a low-tech
> version, as a "dossier" (a file folder), the principle's the same.

One problem is when a patient is suing his doctor, but claiming that his
'dossier' was lost in a fire. The doctor then has to defend himself
with only 'your word against mine' instead of having his own account
of what was happening on file, including test results etc that could
be very interesting for the defence.