Please fill out this form.

It continues to happen. I recently went to see a new health care provider. "Please fill out this form." This time it was six pages: the usual questions...demographic information, past medical history, allergies, current medications, previous surgeries, family history, social history. It went on and on.

This experience serves to remind me how much work remains to improve how we access medical information. We should all have a personal health record that we individually manage and update, and can share with medical personnel. We maintain full control over who sees what.

No more six page forms.

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