If the folks that decided this survey was needed used a PHR themselves, they would have their answers, so I think the philosophy of “it’s for those guys over there” is alive and well.  When you participate yourself and create a PHR you will immediately see both the benefits and potential pitfalls of how they work.

Medicare's Updates Pilot Personal Health Record Program – Medicare PHR Choiceimage

How many at HHS use a PHR?  I certainly don’t see any testaments on the web about how they add value and benefit them.  It appears there are some remnants here of “Magpie Healthcare” echoing around this article.  Again, if people in positions of leadership and authority could join in where they want everyone else to be, we would probably save this new effort as it would become crystal clear from using one themselves.

Personal Health Records (PHR), I don’t do technology said the CEO, “it’s for those guys over there”

As I always say there’s nothing like participating and having some “hands on” experience and I don’t think this has been real successful in catching on at HHS, otherwise this survey would probably not exist and this is exactly why they know little about PHRs and what functionality people, including those on Medicare.  BD  

Where Are the PHR Mentors – Education Required as the Arizona Senior Project is Finding Out with Little Participation

The Health and Human Services Department plans to survey 500 Medicare beneficiaries this fall about difficulties and benefits they may have experienced using personal health record (PHR) systems.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services last year began offering PHR tools to Medicare fee-for-service patients in Arizona and Utah to help them track their health and healthcare services.

The pilot offered patients a choice of PHRs from among GoogleHealth, NoMoreClipboard, PassportMD and HealthTrio.

“We know very little about why consumers, and specifically Medicare beneficiaries, elect to use PHRs and what functionality they want from a PHR,” according to the announcement in the Feb 18 Federal Register.

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