Archive for May 22nd, 2007

Concerns about PHRs at the Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise Connectathon

May 22, 2007

According to an article in Modern Healthcare, these concerns expressed at the IHE include “the accuracy, completeness, usefulness and volume of the records physicians receive from patients; the hours of uncompensated work it will take to slog through them; and the potential for a misdiagnosis if something important was overlooked.” The concern is data quality and organization coming from patients. Free text is difficult to interpret and analyze in a useful way. Electronic data from patients needs to fit into an organization within an EMR to be meaningful in a clinical setting.

Because of the early stage of PHR technology, this is rarely feasible.  Going forward, the PHR products which will work for both physicians and patients need organizational tools which build on disease management.

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