I read this presentation by Adam Bosworth, (VP, Google) about Connecting Americans to their health care here. He speaks about the areas in healthcare which are badly in need of innovation. He mentions that there is no place individuals can go to get a comprehensive set of health and medical information about themselves. Access to this comprehensive information can be vital to proper and timely diagnosis of the patient, to the patient getting the best possible treatment, and, perhaps sometimes overlooked, to the patient getting the best possible ongoing care and support after the initial treatment, especially for chronic illnesses.
We experienced some parts of this during this last one and half years. The diagnosis got delayed for reasons like medical records moving from one doc to another, incomplete records, etc. We are still experiencing this, to get a diagnosis for my dizziness. More than once, I had to schedule/reschedule appointments a week later than available. I started keeping a personal copy of all my visits and tests and when the reports were delayed at the hospital, i had my own history in my brain.
The presentation as mentioned above covers a lot of such issues which need some solutions. I am sure no one wants to stay in pain longer just because some report did not make it to the doc.