Studies Show EHRs Hold a Big Connection With Better Preventive and Chronic Care

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A select number of studies have been produced that actually record and take into account where some of the most common care issues fall when using electronic medical records.  This report in Information Week has the details on which items were evaluated and how. A third party was used to aggregate the data since many insurers still do not share information with each other.   The comparison was made between electronic and paper records and in almost every area, the doctors using EHRS were the winners.  There were almost equal amounts of over 200 on each side of the fence.

This is certainly a bright spot as thus far the link between care and using electronic medical records has not been documented.  This is only the first study and there will be more, just so a good number of doctors and records are entered into the mix. Continue reading: Studies Show EHRs Hold a Big Connection With Better Preventive and Chronic Care

Healthcare Consumers: Taking on the Clipboard Nation with PHR Technology

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“If everything seems under control, you’re just not going fast enough.” – Mario Andretti

Are you going fast enough to catch up in the field of health IT? If clinical medicine putters to adopt health IT, consumers might very well independently surpass it with widespread adoption of personal health records (PHR).

A recent movement for consumer-directed PHR adoption was spearheaded by Howard University in Washington D.C. They encouraged hundreds of patients living with diabetes in the Washington area to adopt an online personal health record (PHR) from NoMoreClipboard.com. The results of this movement have been quite positive, showing consumers are actively using their PHRs to communicate with doctors and manage their diabetes.

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