Ok here we go, “patents” on PHRs, those items that have a low adoption rate from consumers, why, it’s work and the value is yet to be seen by the consumer. I write quite a bit about PHRs and provide links to a few free ones for consumers to get information and get started. Some “closed” system like Kaiser Permanente do a good job in providing the PHR for the patient, but everyone is not a patient of theirs so we need other alternatives for those outside theirs and others systems.
If you read around the Medical Quack often enough you know I rant frequently about the lack of role models, especially with PHRs, and for good reason, so do we know if the Surgeon General uses the Surgeon General’s PHR? Nobody is talking and also at the NIH, does Francis Collins see value in a PHR? I just ask how about it folks, is this just for “those guys over there”?
NIH Announces Plan to Develop Medical Image Sharing for PHRs-Role Models Would Help Stamp Out “Magpie Healthcare”
When you visit the website, there’s not a whole lot of information to be seen, at least as of today and this is pretty much what you see and there’s an email address given for more information. Being they have a patent though we may not see more than this on the site, but time will tell. The PHR is being promoted as a connection that will work with an EMR installation. Again, it states EMR, so whether or not we have EHR connectivity remains to be seen or mentioned and any platform that can load the information for the consumer instead of one having to manually do it themselves is an obvious plus. One of the reasons to be a “hands on person” is due to the fact that “expert dependency” as we know it today is on a downslide, and this is not due to one’s education and personality, it’s largely due to the fact that we have so much to keep up with relative to data today, that they too can’t keep up as last time I looked we are all still just mortals out there. BD
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