Personal Health Record (PHR) Poll

As is often my Sunday tradition, I love to post some healthcare IT related polls. Today’s poll is prompted by this tweet I sent out earlier this weekend:!/techguy/status/41380840890048512

On that note, I’d love to see how many of my readers use a Personal Health Record (PHR) and more specifically if you update your PHR or not. Of course, this poll will be completely bias since it’s industry people right. Which is why if the results say that few people in the healthcare IT industry are updating their PHR info, then maybe PHR has some issues to be dealt with.

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  • I created one in MS Excel to help my siblings and I track the LONG list of Dx’s and Rx’s our 75-yr-old mother has. We use DropBox so that we all have access to latest version regardless of which of us updates it. In the spreadsheet workbook I created separate sheets (tabs) for Providers (all contact info), Current Problems, Past Dx’s, Current Rx’s, Allergies, OTC Meds, Major Procedures, Notes (ours), Relatives / Family History, and Next of Kin (advanced directive info). Only a few of these need frequent updating. Been working well for us for a bout a year.

  • BTW – We’ve recently been speaking of “usability”. It took about 2 hrs to develop the sprdsht (above) and it is very usable for our purposes of sharing responsibility & information.

  • Very interesting Wes. I definitely think we try to over think things a lot of times. I’m not for sure, but I don’t imagine that DropBox is technically HIPAA compliant (ie. encrypted amongst other things). In your mom’s case it probably won’t matter much. In fact, there are a lot of people that don’t care much (see the unencrypted email discussion).

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  • Early adaptors of the PHR is at 7%. PHR’s need to be the following: easy-to-use,consumer-owned, affortable, functional, interoperable, HIPAA compliant, secure/private and one other thing,
    “cool.” Cool equated to being empowered……

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