5.7.08

Weekend Global Post Roundup - Where is the PHR Market Headed?

Will PHRs be more successful promoted B2B to providers and hospitals, or will wider adoption depend upon consumer-oriented marketing?

An even more important question is how we define successful adoption - does this mean 50% of physicians are using EMRs? Does adoption of this scale indicate success if the EMRs are from 30+ vendors and the utilities don't communicate to each other readily?

Does successful adoption mean a 'killer app' is introduced that drives end-consumer (e-patient) adoption from 3% to 30% (or more?)

Good questions - no easy answer(s), but it's important we postulate solutions.

Continued advancement of patient independence and freedom to participate in the medical system depends upon quick, easy access to our medical data (via PHAs)- as well as the capability to add notes, share images, and send relevant info to current/future providers.

Unfortunately I haven't seen any fireworks marking a day of medical data freedom for e-patients yet, but we're well on the way.

A few good blog posts addressing the PHR development front:

1 comment:

Adam said...

The most important benefit of obtaining a PHR in particular is that this can allow you to receive more appropriate screening if it becomes necessary. There are many different types of screening that we may need as we grow older, and it is essential to know when and if we have ever experienced that screening before. If it is a type of screening that requires regularly scheduled updates, having your medical records on hand can prove to be especially helpful.