Archive for April 13th, 2010

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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