Archive for August 10th, 2007

PHR Fragmentation

August 10, 2007

On Digital Healthcare and Productivity, David Lansky, senior director at the Markle Foundation , was interviewed on the current state of PHRs. He notes the variety of sponsors for PHRs as leading to “digital silos”. On patient empowerment, “it doesn’t add up to an empowered consumer until the network environment permits information to flow into a tool that the consumer controls and manages.” On privacy and security: “patients need to know there is an audit trail.” On data accuracy in PHRs: “The issue will be less the authoritativeness of the raw data than the ability to translate it into something useful in terms of a clinical decision-making encounter.”

The solution is “It’s really about the way we deliver healthcare and access information.” not necessarily about the technology or payment reform.

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