Personal health records represent a faster, more patient-friendly method for health information exchange than actual HIE solutions, according to David Mendelson (pictured), a professor of radiology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York.
Adoption of publicly available public health records by consumers has been low due to concerns about data security and accuracy. A possible solution to this is explored this week in the Journal of Medical Internet Research .
Patients with online access to their medical records and email communication with clinicians have more interaction with their clinicians, including office visits and phone calls, according to a study published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association .
The American Health Information Management Association recently developed a new online guide to help consumers in the access and use of their personal health records.
Although a proactive approach to security doesn't necessarily guarantee the safety of your patients' files and records, it at least can offer comfort to patients to know the steps your organization is taking ahead of time to try to do so.
UnitedHealth is implementing a Blue Button program, an initiative begun by the Department of Veterans Affairs, that allows members to access and print their personal health records (PHR) online.
UnitedHealthcare is continuing to roll out the "Blue Button" application to its members so they can download personal health records, based mainly on claims data. Following a pilot in March that made the Blue Button available to 500,000 people in UnitedHealthcare's Nevada plans, the insurer announced this week that 12 million people in its employer-sponsored plans will now have Blue Button access, as well.
Investments in "digital health" companies—including firms in the health IT and wireless spaces—more than tripled in the first six months of 2012, according to a new report.
Health information technology will be the "fundamental enabler" of new care delivery models and disease management, Cleveland Clinic CIO Martin Harris, M.D., said yesterday at the opening keynote of the iHT2 summit in Ft. Lauderdale. The e|Cleveland Clinic suite is helping the organization prepare for new care delivery and reimbursement models and is also helping to dissolve the distinction between clinical practice and technology, he said.