I asked an employee this week at Verizon if they had begun using their electronic records from Verizon, but this employee was not aware of the new offering yet, so it appears to be in the works at this point. BD
Like a recurring dream about having to take a test they didn't study for, some physicians view the idea of patients with electronic personal-health records as their own personal nightmare.
Visions of patients handing over a computer disk containing years' worth of blood-pressure readings taken every four hours along with random recollections of rashes and muscle strains that physicians are required to somehow make sense of and memorize are followed by thoughts of being sued because there was a kernel of important information missed in the deluge.
Peter Basch, medical director for e-health at MedStar Health in Washington, says "physicians love a (hospital) discharge summary" that gives one to two pages of key points. What they may get from a PHR, however, could be something that has no resemblance to a discharge summary at all.
Nevertheless, he says that PHRs could be an important tool in developing a partnership with patients, so he "gently forces" them to use the spreadsheets—either paper or electronic—that he has developed.
Source: Modern Healthcare Online
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