Archive for December 6th, 2006

The Dossia Initiative in PHRs

December 6, 2006

Announced today was as employer coalition to enable personal health records to be aggregated from different sources. This initiative managed by a non-profit called Omnimedix has an invitation to join on the Dossia website. The reports indicate a full release in mid-2007. Other companies are working on similar initiatives.

Will this be a first to market win or more dependent on major partnerships and ease of use? Wait and see.

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Consumer attitudes toward PHR, EHR

December 6, 2006

In a new study release by Price, Waterhouse, Coopers, Top Seven Health Care Trends in ’07, there an indication of low confidence that EHRs will improve care (34% yes) but a larger group who are undecided or need more information (42%). I don’t agree with the report title in Healthcare IT News which says, “Consumers don’t believe EHRs will improve care, report says”. I think the lesson from the report is the need more information. The failure here is not communicating the importance of EHRs and PHRs and the value they provide to the consumer.
Also in the report is the trends toward “Consumers taking the wheel” (consumer driven health plans success will depend on word of mouth reports) and “Private equity investors will fund the next generation of innovation in services and treatments, challenging larger competitors that lack market agility.” This will be true not only in minute clinics but other new practice venues.

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