From the Great Ideas in Technology Bin:
The New York Times on Thursday examined how WebMD Health, "one of the most-visited medical information sites on the Internet," hopes to "tap into the growing corporate trend of having employees pay more ... of their own health costs" by "helping people enrolled in employer health plans compile personal health information online." WebMD has signed multiyear licensing contracts with health insurers Aetna, Cigna and WellPoint and almost three dozen large U.S. employers -- such as Bank of America, Cisco Systems, Dell Computer, IBM, Pfizer and Shell Oil -- to operate private-access Web sites that allow employees to track their medical records, as well as find information about diseases and compare cost and quality ratings for physicians and hospitals.
I would love to participate in this program, if only because I'm so tired of filling out 5 million forms every time I go to the doctor. Continuing the cycle of inefficiency, the nurse asks me every single time what medications I'm taking (especially because I take more than one).
But I also get very curious about what they write down about me in my medical record. Don't you always want to grab your record when the doctor leaves the room for a second and thumb through it? Now you can.