The Limits of Health Data Aggregation

Why our health records don’t tell our whole stories

Katie McCurdy
Jan 9 · 8 min read

1. Medical records have rampant errors.


2. Medical records have a ton of data; not all of it is relevant to your story.

“It is incredibly painful to find a patient’s story in their chart.”


3. Aggregation is mostly about digital data, but unless we are very young, a lot of our story is still on paper (or in our heads).


4. Large swaths of our human existence are not captured in our medical records.

Conclusions


Pictal Health

Turning health histories into visual stories

Katie McCurdy

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Designer and researcher focusing on healthcare; founder of Pictal Health; autoimmune patient; chocolate-eater. katiemccurdy.com and pictalhealth.com

Pictal Health

Turning health histories into visual stories