Can PHRs Make You Healthier?

February 14, 2008

This intriguing question from SFGate.com explores the possibility of empowered patients who take control of their health. But it will require “eventually giving people more control and understanding of complicated data.”

Four studies are being sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Quality Research ” to compare whether patients randomly assigned to use strong PHRs fare better than their counterparts who don’t go digital.” Outcomes will include, ” improvement of chronic diseases, use of cancer screenings and immunizations, and proper medication use.”

What is needed is user-friendly PHRs in the hands of motivated patients with chronic conditions where they can monitor their symptoms and improvement and communicate with their healthcare team. Hopefully, these studies will show the effectiveness of such an approach.

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