Medical Students Track Former Patients’ Electronic Health Records, Study Says

July 26, 2016

(UPI) – Although it is suspected to be largely for educational purposes, researchers in a recent study say the following of patient electronic health records as part of training poses ethical questions for the handling of those records. A majority of medical students reported they find it beneficial to follow patient medical histories by accessing electronic health records, but some are checking cases they are not involved with out of curiosity — which may not pose an actual problem, but poses an ethical one, say researchers at Northwestern University.