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PHRs and patient engagement

August 23, 2010  1:01 PM

Tiger Team: Apply fair information practices to HIE

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood
health information exchange, health IT security, personal health records

The federal government should take fair information practices into account when it sets privacy and security policies for health information exchange (HIE). That, at least, is the...

August 9, 2010  9:33 AM

Should patients see all personal health information?

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood
patient engagement, personal health records

A yearlong experiment to give patients unprecedented access to their personal health information is underway at facilities in three states.

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June 24, 2010  1:29 PM

Medical home model gains popularity in Michigan

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
EHR, medical home, personal health records

Over 1,800 primary care physicians in Michigan have been designated as patient-centered medical homes, by Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) of Michigan, making it the largest PCMH effort in the country. This figure represents a 50% increase in PCMH-designated practices from last year. The medical...

June 22, 2010  12:38 PM

Overcoming meaningful use obstacles and other health IT news

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
EHR certification, HIE, Meaningful use, personal health records

For some, the road to meaningful use feels more like an unpaved horse trail than a slick, five-lane superhighway. In addition to implementing an electronic health record, or EHR, system, some organizations must also upgrade clinical applications and infrastructure. In the latest...

June 9, 2010  12:01 AM

HITECH naysayers come out of the woodwork

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
EHR, emr hitech act, Google, google health, hitech, phr

Ray Campbell, head of the Massachusetts Health Data Consortium (MHDC), probably didn't surprise many people last week at his organization's annual meeting in Boston when he outlined the many ways the HITECH Act-fueled national health IT...

June 8, 2010  11:34 AM

A seat at the health IT table: Don’t forget patients, advocates say

JeanD Profile: JeanD
electronic health records, personal health records

The Simple Minds' '80s hit song "Don't You Forget About Me" could have been the theme for a recent hearing on disparities in health information technology. Health information technology can bridge gaps and lead to safer care, but if professionals aren't paying attention, health IT might also...

May 24, 2010  6:55 AM

Poll: EHR use would be quite helpful for parents

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood
EHR implementation, patient engagement

When federal officials discuss their efforts to broaden electronic health record (EHR) use, they routinely cite its potential to improve care for everyone. A recent poll conducted by C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, part of the University...

April 27, 2010  9:41 AM

Issue of patient engagement taken up by advocacy groups

JeanD Profile: JeanD
patient engagement

Two advocacy organizations are offering patients and families the chance to report medical errors in an effort to paint a broad picture of patient safety. The Empowered Patient Coalition and the Consumers Union Safe Patient Project have teamed up to offer an

April 26, 2010  6:35 AM

Upcoming HealthVault offering from Microsoft to get clinical data flowing

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood
Microsoft HealthVault, personal health records, phr

A new version of HealthVault, expected to be released by Microsoft in the third quarter, aims to let personal health records (PHR) flow from patients to providers to hospitals and back again.


April 15, 2010  12:49 PM

National survey finds PHR usage is still low, but growing

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
electronic health records, personal health records, phr

Americans are still wary of putting their personal health information online, but a recent survey shows that personal health record (PHR) usage is growing, and consumers are discovering the benefits of accessing their health information electronically.

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