Book cover of the book Medicinsk Informatik

Book Chapter on Person-Centred Care with Access to Electronic Health Records

The HTO group has published two book chapters in a book! The book Medicinsk Informatik (in Swedish) describes how digitalisation can support quality, research, development, decision-making, resource utilization, etc related to IT systems in health-care The purpose is to give the healthcare professionals and others an understanding of the possibilities and limitations of digitalisation so that they can better set requirements for and design IT systems that meet the requirements for good and secure care. Usable IT support gives the healthcare profession more time for patient care.

The book is suitable as course literature in both undergraduate and advanced education in computer science, including for doctors, nurses and other nursing professions. The content is also valuable for the professional groups that work with the digitalisation of healthcare.

The authors of the book represent the full breadth of medical informatics. Its main editors are Göran Petersson, senior professor of health informatics at Linnaeus University, Martin Rydmark, professor em. in medical informatics and computer-assisted learning at the Sahlgrenska Academy, and Anders Thurin, chief physician in clinical physiology and scientific secretary of the Swedish Association for Medical Informatics.

The HTO group has written two book chapters in this book. The first book chapter presented in this blog post is about person centring with examples from patients journal access and other e-health services. In person-centred care (PCV) the term person is used to signal that a person is given the opportunity to take responsibility in a situation that affects him, but for the sake of clarity uses
we despite the concept of the patient in this book chapter.

As part of person-centred care, and as is has become increasingly accepted, the requirements for transparency and access to information for patients have also increased. This also includes the patient record, and the trend is towards giving patients and residents direct access to more and more information as before only been directly available to healthcare professionals, rather than to patients
who previously had to request hard copies of their journal. Giving patients access to their medical records online can be seen as one of the biggest infrastructure changes that have been implemented
in modern times in Swedish healthcare, as it challenges established roles and fundamentally changes the view of the patient’s possibilities and responsibility in relation to their own care and treatment. You can read more about the history of the implementation and the perceived effects in our book chapter.!