New PHR Report from California Healthcare Foundation

April 13, 2010

Titled “Consumers and Health Information Technology: A National Survey“, the survey shows some promising progress:

  • users cite taking steps to improve their own health, knowing more about their health care, and asking their doctors questions
  • lower-income adults, those with chronic conditions, and those without a college degree are more likely to experience positive effects of having their information accessible online
  • Two-thirds remain concerned about the privacy and security
  • should not let privacy concerns stop us from learning how health IT can improve health care
  • almost half are interested in medical devices that can be connected to the Internet.
  • Of those who do not have a PHR, 40% express interest in using one.

Also just released is a major report from Price Waterhouse Coopers, The customization of diagnosis, care and cure. A key part of this report is patient touchpoints inlcuding:

  • coordinated care teams
  • fluent navigators
  • patient experience benchmarks
  • medical proving grounds
  • care anywhere networks (aka, mHealth).

The common theme here is participatory medicine, which as it turns out, appeared in a post by Roni Zeiger of Google Health in Huffinton Post. His key quote is, “Data on its own is useless. It’s all about conversations.” Health data whether in personal health records or social networking sites or other tools is essential in creating a conversation about how to improve and maintain health.

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3 Responses to “New PHR Report from California Healthcare Foundation”

  1. snigdha says:

    Major challenges of mHealth have been articulated in the following recent papers:

    1. Service quality of mHealth platforms: Development and Validation of a Hierarchical Model using PLS

    http://www.springerlink.com/content/b34782112400k800/

    2. Trustworthiness in mHealth information services: An assessment of a hierarchical model with mediating and moderating effects using PLS

    http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/asi.21442/full

    3. mHealth : An Ultimate Platform to Serve the Unserved

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20938579

  2. Nicole says:

    Consumers/patients are becoming sensitized- and even dependant- on technology in every aspect of their lives. While the government is pushing for technology in healthcare for reasons of cost containment and improved quality of care, consumers will be demanding technology in healthcare to gain immediate access to medical information. Electronic medical records, personal health records, and other integrated technologies can greatly improve the availability of medical information for both healthcare providers and patients, and it will ultimately improve healthcare delivery and health outcomes if it is used appropriately. Technology truly supports the patient-centered medical home model, and will enhance care coordination and participatory medicine. I think the quote by Roni Zeiger of Google Health is right on the money. I found an interview that Alfred Spector of Google Health did with EHRtv at HIMSS10 and it’s really interesting. You can find it here: http://www.ehrtv.com/google-alfred-spector-mar-2010/

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