I spend quite a bit of time here posting about new developments and yes I have both a Google Health and Microsoft HealthVault account, I do comparisons, etc. I see many very prolific bloggers and journalists talking about PHRs too, but something that pops into mind here, do they have one?
It sure makes for some real credible information on the web and encourages others to pursue a PHR too when your own experience and benefits you have found are posted on the web, along with perhaps post from both Google and Microsoft employees using the software, which would maybe be perhaps employees using it, as a consumer would, that are not in the development or marketing departments of both.
I guess you could perhaps consider this part of a challenge to all of those on the web, bloggers and journalists alike, to get one set up and start telling us about what you like, what you don’t like and the advantages of having your records online, like perhaps the last time you needed a reference and it was easy to locate, or perhaps how you were able to add and locate information on your children which has been added, or how you were able to add your medications through a vendor with no manual input.
If you have a PHR and have some information to add on the value, issues questions, let’s do it, and if you are a physician, get one for yourself so you know what great tools your patients have and understand how they can share some credible records with you. It appears there’s a lot of talk going on out there, but it would sure be wonderful if we have some real time events and stories added, something has to get the ball rolling and what better route to promote than the Internet and doing what we do best, sharing experiences and helping others to promote better healthcare through documentation, and the ability here to help reduce medical errors due to lack of credible information being available. HealthVault and Google Health are free, so it’s just an investment of a little time and there’s a ton of related reading below on vendors and other related information on both. BD
Related Reading: (from prior posts and there are a lot here to read up on and see who’s integrating and promoting their use too)