Doctors Recording Visits with Patients Who Can Review Them on Internet

The New York Times runs its “The New Old Age” column by Paula Span in the Science Section on Tuesdays.    This week’s column discusses how a doctor in Michigan is using the internet to post a recorded version of his visits with patients who can then refer back to them.    Many older persons are often wanting to remember what a doctor said about their condition or about taking medication.  If they are having trouble remembering the visits, having access to the internet site is helpful in following doctor’s recommendations.

The Michigan doctor, James Ryan, said only four patients of 500 asked declined to have the visits recorded.  The other advantage to the recordings is that family members and caregivers can also have access and review the visit.

Some doctors are concerned though about whether such recordings could be used if there was ever a legal issue.