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What has happened to the Personal Health Record?

By Nancy B. Finn There has been so much discussion online and in the press about electronic health records and physicians sharing EHR data with patients via such tools as OpenNotes and Blue Button, that the personal health record (PHR) has been lost in the dialogue.

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New on JoPM: “e-Patients Never Retire”

Today in our Society’s journal, SPM co-founders Joe and Terry Graedon of PeoplesPharmacy.com posted something I couldn’t agree with more: e-Patients Never Retire That’s kinda by definition, eh? But there’s an uppity Sixties edge to this, and with this too I couldn’t agree more.. Excerpt: Older patients have something to tell their health care providers: […]

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general, key people, medical records, positive patterns, reforming hc

(Video) Larry Weed, father of the Problem Oriented Medical Record – Grand Rounds, 1971

Students of medicine (surely most MDs) will know the name Larry Weed, but I didn’t until a few years ago on this blog, when I learned that in 1999 our founder “Doc Tom” Ferguson gave Weed an Outstanding Achievement Award. In the late 1960s Dr. Weed created the concept of the POMR: the Problem Oriented Medical […]

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New evidence: Engaged (activated) patients do better and cost *less.*

Update: instant egg on the face! This article is actually 18 months old, part of the big Health Affairs issue “New Era of Patient Engagement,” which Ileana Balcu blogged about at the time. Well, this post has already been retweeted ten times in 90 minutes, so I guess I’m not the only one who didn’t […]

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Susannah Fox is leaving Pew Research

I know many of our readers already saw this, but, from her personal blog: In one way, I’m sad to see that her work at Pew is over. In her 14 years there, time after time her work made clear what was actually happening as people use the internet in pursuing health. Time after time this popped […]

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Of half gods and mortals: Aesculapian authority

Written in collaboration with Linda Trietler, MSN, RN – PhD student.  Review of Kalisch, B. J. (1975). Of half-gods and mortals: Aesculapian authority. Nursing Outlook, 23(1), 22-28. As we work to develop a collaborative and patient centered health care system we must remain aware of where we started and why the system needed to change. […]

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Wall Street Journal article on getting patients involved in their healthcare

An article published yesterday in Wall Street Journal The Health-Care Industry Is Pushing Patients to Help Themselves - Providers are Using Tech Tools and Personalized Approaches to Get Patients More Engaged http://online.wsj.com/articles/the-health-care-industry-is-pushing-patients-to-help-themselves-1402065145 The Institute of Medicine, which cited patient engagement as key to an effective health-care system in a 2012 report, urged doctors to use technology […]

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Getting your health data: BlueButton/ShareCare tweetchat Thursday

A press release published Tuesday begins: Sharecare and Blue Button Host Twitter Chat to Help Consumers Take Control of Their Personal Health Information Gaining control of your health and your personal health information is more than just a convenience – it’s your legal right. But most people don’t know where to start. In an effort […]

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Patients Invited! Health Informatics Conference seeks Patient Participation

An international conference addressing information technology and communication in health (ITCH) will be held February 26 – March 1, 2015 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Professor Stephen Hawking’s statement, “we learned to talk, we learned to listen, we unleashed imagination” provides the motivation for this year’s conference. The main conference themes are: Patients Talking The […]

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Digital Communication and m-Health in Developing Nations

Approximately 98 % of the world’s population are now owners of cellphones, including many adults in remote, hard to reach locations. This proliferation of mobile devices has the potential to improve our ability to diagnose and track disease; to tackle and disseminate timelier, more actionable public health information; and provide expanded access to ongoing medical education […]

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