This is a group-project for Innovation in Action. Six of us coming from School of Information, law school and School of Public Health worked closely to devise a system that we believe can help US citizens better manage their health data.
Multi-disciplinary design jam
Coming from a diversified backgrounds of Law, Information and Public Health, six of us worked closely together to devise a solution for the Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services (MiHIN) to educate patients on their healthcare consent rights. We developed the Insurance and Medical Information(IMI) card, which allows access to a patient’s centralized medical record at their insurance company wherever the patient may go.
Instead of relying on doctors to educate patients about consent of their healthcare data, we decided to shift that responsibility to insurance companies. Our conception is to insert a chip into your insurance card, so that healthcare providers can use it to access info from your personal card.
Why we think this will work? First of all, no matter where you go, your health insurance follows you. Also, insurance companies have already had all your health information — we are not trying to build a brand new system, but piggy-backing the whole infrastructure that already existed in insurance companies. It can also help leverage the cloud of data that insurance companies already have. By adopting such approach, consent is obtained whether it is an opt-in or opt-out state.
To become part of the system, patients would first get in touch with their insurance companies, whether it is through telephone or the Internet. In the process of signing up, patients would be asked to watch an educational video about how they can manage their digital health records, as well as the consent system. After they finish all the required steps, people would have their records on their insurance cards, which most people have already had, and such information would also be stored on a cloud-based EHR system. Whenever the patient need to visit a hospital or clinic, he/she only needs to pull out the insurance card, and grant the permission to the health-care provider. People might visit another health-care facilities different from the one that they are already used to, whether it is because of an emergency or traveling. In such cases, it is less efficient for doctors to know about the situation of the patients, which can cause real problems, especially when the situation if very urgent. We believe that our solution can help solve this problem.