Archive for August 2nd, 2007

Healthcare 100

August 2, 2007

Made in into the top 200 blogs on this list. 184 – in the honorable mention category. A growing list of blogs.

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Benefits of Patient-Provider email

August 2, 2007

On Healthline TechMedicine, Joshua Schwimmer creates a helpful list of the benefits of email exchanges between physicians and patients. These include:

  • Asking about lab results
  • Reporting potential side effects of medications
  • Clarifying whether it’s safe to take a certain medication
  • Reporting home blood pressure readings
  • Asking for prescription renewals
  • Reporting new minor (but important) symptoms
  • Communication new medical issues when out of the country

Now of course a structured application which enables this communication may be preferred to a open, unsecured email. Well designed PHRs include functions to request script refills, see lab results, and record home self-monitoring (although fewer PHRs have this feature). Another argument for tethered PHRs with an interface into an EMR?

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