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PHRs and patient engagement

July 18, 2011  1:03 PM

On kittens, ‘bof fry flew’ and health education videos

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood
ONC, patient engagement

Last week the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) said it would be developing animated health education videos to...

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June 29, 2011  11:45 AM

Google Health, code blue. What’s next in PHR space?

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
google health, halamka, Microsoft HealthVault, personal health records, phr

In officially announcing it would pull the plug on its Google Health personal health record (PHR) last week, Internet giant Google pulled a Cee Lo, saying

June 27, 2011  11:49 AM

Google Health shutting down at end of year

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood
google health, Microsoft HealthVault, patient engagement, phr

An ailing Google Health will finally be put to sleep. Google Inc. announced Friday that its personal health record (PHR) service will be retired on Jan. 1, 2012, with data available for...

May 3, 2011  12:02 PM

Patients get proactive role using HealthVault Connection Center

cbyertechtarget Profile: cbyertechtarget
Microsoft HealthVault, personal health records

Microsoft HealthVault Connection Center is giving flexibility to patients accessing, organizing and storing their medical images in a personal health record (PHR). The Connection Center -- free software that can...

April 27, 2011  12:07 PM

‘Death by PDF’: Don’t kill the messenger

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
data exchange, EHR, EMR, HIPAA, PDF, phr, Regina Holliday

Just in case some readers might consider this a conflict of interest, I'll say it up front: I covered the world of PDF for nine years at, a site affiliated with eWeek. PDFzone's mission was to evaluate PDF document technologies and the market in which they lived, in a...

April 18, 2011  12:00 PM

How the digital divide affects patient portal adoption

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood
digital divide, patient engagement, phr, quality of care

The ability to use a patient portal or personal health record (PHR) service to view lab results, renew prescriptions and communicate with physicians...

April 12, 2011  12:54 PM

Examining patient portal functionality

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood
patient engagement, phr

Last week I tried to use my primary care physician's patient portal for the first time. The server was down, so I couldn't log in. I was disappointed....

April 4, 2011  11:48 AM

Trying to take a patient portal for a test drive

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood
patient engagement, phr

The patient portal is one of the cornerstones of 21st-century doctor-patient communication. Plus, with meaningful use requiring health care providers to give patients electronic...

December 20, 2010  1:24 PM

It’s been a bad year for PHR services

CommunityManager Profile: CommunityManager
google health, Microsoft HealthVault, patient engagement, phr

By David Schneider, Editorial Assistant Realizing that personal health records are difficult to sell, Microsoft and Google Inc. spent 2010 reevaluating their business models for PHR services. The two tech titans have had mixed success, and the coming years may bring further struggle. The problem...

September 22, 2010  7:18 AM

Google Health returns with a focus on wellness

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood
google health, phr

Google Inc. unveiled a revamped Google Health last week, shifting the focus of its personal health record (PHR) service from importing records to tracking personal wellness. Through the redesign, Google...

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