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Would you want to access your medical file online?

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Doctors who share their notes with patients get better outcomes for their patients, and the patients feel more in control of their case, a U.S. study has found.

 Would you want your medical records online or on paper in file folders? (iStock)The research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine comes from survey results from an American program in which doctors posted their notes online on a secure website.

Patients could log into the site to read what their doctors had written about them, while the rest of the notes remained hidden.

Does this research have a lesson for Canadian doctors? As it turns out, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled on patient notes.

In 1992, the court found that although the written record of patient care is the property of the doctor, patients have the right to access the information contained in the notes.

In practice, though, doctors sometimes charge for the time and supplies needed to copy the notes.

If medical notes were electronic, however, copying wouldn't be an issue.

Have you ever asked your doctor for your medical notes? Would you want your medical files to be online so you could read them from anywhere on the internet? Let us know in the comments below.

(This survey is not scientific. Results are based on readers' responses.)

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