Who says the gummint can’t move fast?? Last Monday morning I gave the opening talk in Washington for the Consumer Health IT Summit, and holy cow, the video’s already been edited and is live on YouTube!
If you can’t see the video below, click the screen capture at right to view it on YouTube.
(Caution – them same gummint people live with policies that didn’t allow me to plug in my computer; we had to use theirs, which of course hasn’t been upgraded from PowerPoint 2007 yet. The contractors assured me my slides would work fine, and after a half hour of emergency surgery they mostly did, except the one where the text came out black and the slides that kept changing spontaneously – always fun for a speaker to deal with. But the message got across!)
This is really important, folks! Speak up! Get involved!
There are rules and laws and regulations that say you DO get to access your data, and it’s a Federal civil rights violation for a provider to tell you no. And it’s really good that our data will get liberated, because that means innovators can create software and gadgets to do fancy and useful things with your data. And your kids’ data. And your elders’, and your friends’.
Educate yourself – “free your mind,” as we said in the Sixties. The new era is coming – let patients help! And to do that, you gotta have copies of what your doctors see. Get involved.