Ron Lieber, a columnist for the New York Times, decided to take on the challenge of gathering all of his medical records from various medical encounters throughout his life. Lieber documented his medical collection process in an article published on October 1. He soon found this was an extremely difficult and time-consuming task, stating, “After all, most of us have seen many doctors over many decades, with details scattered hither and yon. Tracking them down would be a nightmare, the specialists in medical records and technology say.” Lieber travelled everywhere, from his pediatrician in Chicago, who did not have his records, to a doctor he had seen for back trouble, in which he had to request the records via fax. He notes that his encounters with his various physicians yielded mixed results.
The Thyroid Care Collaborative (TCC) aims to address this specific issue, as medical records are uploaded to one convenient and secure location, making real time data available to the patient. This single, unified record keeping system helps prevent unnecessary duplication of testing, and ensures that, in the future, patients will no longer have to go through the lengths Ron Lieber had to go through to track down all his medical records.