Convergence of PHRs and Social Networking

December 3, 2009

In an article titled “Socialize Medicine:How Personal Health Records and Social Networks Are Changing Healthcare“, Darin Stewart traces the parallel growth of social networking for health conditions and personal health records. He notes the important role of family health manager (aka, mom) in healthcare being transformed through PHRs. Yet I see also a family internet health manager who may search for health content for a newly diagnosed condition in the family and also search online health communities for support. But can Google Health and Microsoft Health Vault and other full-feature PHRs including provider supported PHRs integrate social networks like and The article proposes that signs like the 20,000 downloads of downloads of the HealthVault software development kit. With the amount of innovation in the Health 2.0 space, he may be right.

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