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Personal Health Records – Who’s in the Know and Who has one?

Posted Nov 21 2008 3:00pm

I spend quite a bit of time here posting about new developments and yes I have both a Google Health and Microsoft HealthVault account, I do comparisons, etc. I see many very prolific bloggers and journalists talking about PHRs too, but something that pops into mind here, do they have one? 

It sure makes for some real credible information on the web and encourages others to pursue a PHR too when your own experience and benefits you have found are posted on the web, along with perhaps post from both Google and Microsoft employees using the software, which would maybe be perhaps employees using it, as a consumer would, that are not in the development or marketing departments of both. 

I guess you could perhaps consider this part of a challenge to all of those on the web, bloggers and journalists alike, to get one set up and start telling us about what you like, what you don’t like and the advantages of having your records online, like perhaps the last time you needed a reference and it was easy to locate, or perhaps how you were able to add and locate information on your children which has been added, or how you were able to add your medications through a vendor with no manual input.

If you have a PHR and have some information to add on the value, issues questions, let’s do it, and if you are a physician, get one for yourself so you know what great tools your patients have and understand how they can share some credible records with you.   It appears there’s a lot of talk going on out there, but it would sure be wonderful if we have some real time events and stories added, something has to get the ball rolling and what better route to promote than the Internet and doing what we do best, sharing experiences and helping others to promote better healthcare through documentation, and the ability here to help reduce medical errors due to lack of credible information being available.  HealthVault and Google Health are free, so it’s just an investment of a little time and there’s a ton of related reading below on vendors and other related information on both.  BD   

Related Reading: (from prior posts and there are a lot here to read up on and see who’s integrating and promoting their use too)

Study Predicts Big Savings from PHRs (Personal Health Records) – Best Kept Secret in Healthcare?

GE, Mayo Clinic, others to develop health record technology

CMS names four PHR vendors for Medicare pilot program and includes Google Health

GE Collaborates and will offer new web based version of Centricity EHR

The Economy – One more Reason to think about a Free PHR

Cleveland Clinic and Microsoft HealthVault to track chronic diseases at home with Medical Devices

Clinical Trials in the US – Begin involving the physicians and patients at the point of care to achieve greater success and participation with Personal Health Records

HealthVault Personal Health Records gets a Facelift - Match records and find clinical trials
Google Health Online Services – Connections Beyond Medications – Personal Health Records

Why Use a PHR – Because It is there and it stands to help decrease medical errors

Military to unveil early version of personal health record – December
The Health Cloud – Personal Health Records
HealthVault Personal Health Records gets a Facelift - Match records and find clinical trials
HealthVault Has New Features Including Fax Services for $9.00 a year – Fax to the Vault!
AT&T, Covisint, Microsoft HealthVault Create Health Information Exchange
Microsoft HealthVault and RelayHealth (McKesson) to Connect Doctors and Patients
Approval For Wireless Transmitter That Monitors Implanted Cardiac Devices
American Heart Association and Microsoft HealthVault Unite
Getting Organized With Online Medical Records – Personal Health Records
Patients can order up their own lab tests on line with MyMedLab.com with a referring physician and you get a free PHR to boot
Aetna and Microsoft join forces – Members will now be able to transfer health records to Microsoft Health Vault
Healthline – Interview with the CEO – Health 2.0
Healthcare leaders favor personal networks (Personal Health Records) to RHIOs for data exchange
Google Health Online Services – Connections Beyond Medications – Personal Health Records
CVS to Offer Records Via HealthVault
Personal Health Vault - Physicians arm thyself..
Scripps, Navigenics, Affymetrix and Microsoft team on groundbreaking health study – Personalized Medicine
Getting Organized With Online Medical Records – Personal Health Records
Patients can view, share health information through new Health Record Banks - Washington
HealthVault Has New Features Including Fax Services for $9.00 a year – Fax to the Vault!
St.Jude Collaborates With Microsoft HealthVault
CCHIT to Certify Personal Health Records
CCHIT Offers PHR Web Site – Personal Health Records
CCHIT Certification and HIE Transactions – The Process and What It Means

Microsoft is lead developer on military Personal Health Records project

eClinicalWorks Users Annual Meeting – Integration and the Future of EHRS and PHRs

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