Setting the Bar Higher for PHRs

July 10, 2007

In a lengthy article in Health Data Management, Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s PHR, MyChart is set up as a leader in the field. Based on Epic System’s EHR, this personal health record goes beyond lab results and appointment information, it includes detailed information about the test results and custom links selected by physicians. They emphasized security and privacy from the beginning, gaining their patients’ confidence. It can’t hurt that the are located in the middle of Silicon Valley and many of their patients are early adopters in the tech industry or universities.

They have partnered with Healthwise for medical information which can be used as a prescription to education patients. 43% of their patients now use the PHR, probably the highest percent among provider-based PHRs. They are now creating an online disease management program which will further personalize online care.

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