Monday, December 11, 2006

Overview: Personal Health Records – Current Landscape and Future Visions

Overview: Personal Health Records – Current Landscape and Future Visions: "Now, more than ever before, people need to be actively engaged in their health and health care and, consequently, in the management of complex health data. This active involvement, fueled by reliable information, often helps patients to more effectively manage their care and improve their quality of life and health outcomes. Patients’ engagement is best supported when information needed to make health decisions is available at the point of need—at home, at work or when consulting with health professionals.

Today, a patient’s medical information is likely scattered within records stored by different providers or institutions, which are often located in various cities or states. Patients’ efforts to compile comprehensive personal health and health care histories, and incorporate that data into the management of their care, can be challenged not only by distance but by the fact that many providers’ systems can’t easily or securely share medical records."

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