Health IT Pulse:

PHRs and patient engagement


January 9, 2012  3:19 PM

PHR services not dead yet, think they’ll go for a walk now

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood
iTriage, Microsoft HealthVault, phr

A couple weeks ago, a certain editor proclaimed that personal health record (PHR) services ranked among the health IT trends not to watch in 2012, largely because...

January 3, 2012  1:15 PM

PHR adoption efforts must involve physicians as well as patients

CommunityManager Profile: CommunityManager
patient engagement, phr, PHRs and patient engagement

By Brita Van Fossen, Editorial Assistant

The heightened push for meaningful use compliance that the health care industry is expecting in 2012 will, of course, involve electronic health records.


December 27, 2011  1:19 PM

Issuing patient discharge summary drops odds of hospital readmission

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood
hospital readmission, personal health records

Philadelphia-area hospitals participating in a patient readmission study saw a 7% drop in 30-day, same-facility readmissions if they provided a patient discharge summary complete with data pulled from an electronic health record (EHR) system. For the 18 participating hospitals, this amounted to 400...


December 12, 2011  12:49 PM

Selling mobile health technology to the masses

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood
mHealth Summit, mobile health technologies, patient engagement

Whenever I am introduced to new technology, I place it in the context of my parents, who didn't own a cell phone until I bought them one in 2007 and still use dial-up Internet even though broadband has been available in their Massachusetts town for more than a decade. That's why my enthusiasm...


December 6, 2011  11:28 AM

Transmission of referrals, summary records highlight Direct Project update

cbyertechtarget Profile: cbyertechtarget
Direct Project, health information exchange, HIE, Microsoft HealthVault, personal health records, phr

From referrals to personal health records, health information exchange initiatives through the Direct Project were in the spotlight during a recent National eHealth Collaborative...


November 23, 2011  11:06 AM

Improving patient engagement with (good) technology

CommunityManager Profile: CommunityManager
accountable care organizations, medical devices, patient engagement, personal health records

By Brita Van Fossen, Editorial Assistant In recent weeks, the idea of collaboration has been fresh on the minds of health care leaders. The accountable care organizations (ACO) model, recently discussed at length at the


November 21, 2011  12:57 PM

Will expanding patient access to lab results overburden hospitals?

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood
AHA, HIMSS, patient data security, patient engagement

A proposed rule that would provide for direct patient access to lab results has drawn the ire of two key professional organizations. The proposed rule, released Sept. 12, would modify HIPAA and the Clinical Laboratory...


September 2, 2011  11:50 AM

Technology, lack of communication hinder patient-centered care

CommunityManager Profile: CommunityManager
patient engagement, quality of care

By Brita Van Fossen, Editorial Assistant With so much discussion surrounding the achievement of meaningful use,


August 9, 2011  1:03 PM

Patients, IT equal partners in enabling medical home model

CommunityManager Profile: CommunityManager
patient engagement

By Brita Van Fossen, Editorial Assistant The medical home model for health care provides multiple benefits for patients; namely, more cost effective and intimate care, available from the comfort of their own home. This cost reduction and improvement in care quality is intended to benefit the...


August 2, 2011  11:24 AM

PHR adoption needs electronic workflows, change in patient behavior

cbyertechtarget Profile: cbyertechtarget
google health, personal health records, PHRs and patient engagement

Although the market for personal health record (PHR) services remains weak -- as suggested by the recent demise of Google Health -- a


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