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April 27, 2011  12:07 PM

‘Death by PDF': Don’t kill the messenger

Posted by: DonFluckinger
data exchange, EHR, EMR, ePatientDave, HIPAA, PDF, PHR, Regina Holliday

Just in case some readers might consider this a conflict of interest, I'll say it up front: I covered the world of PDF for nine years at, a site affiliated with eWeek. PDFzone's mission was to evaluate PDF document technologies and the market in which they lived, in a...

April 18, 2011  12:00 PM

How the digital divide affects patient portal adoption

Posted by: Beastwood
digital divide, patient engagement, PHR, quality of care

The ability to use a patient portal or personal health record (PHR) service to view lab results, renew prescriptions and communicate with physicians...

April 12, 2011  12:54 PM

Examining patient portal functionality

Posted by: Beastwood
patient engagement, PHR

Last week I tried to use my primary care physician's patient portal for the first time. The server was down, so I couldn't log in. I was disappointed....

April 4, 2011  11:48 AM

Trying to take a patient portal for a test drive

Posted by: Beastwood
patient engagement, PHR

The patient portal is one of the cornerstones of 21st-century doctor-patient communication. Plus, with meaningful use requiring health care providers to give patients electronic access...

December 20, 2010  1:24 PM

It’s been a bad year for PHR services

Posted by: Jenny Laurello
google health, Microsoft HealthVault, patient engagement, PHR

By David Schneider, Editorial Assistant Realizing that personal health records are difficult to sell, Microsoft and Google Inc. spent 2010 reevaluating their business models for PHR services. The two tech titans have had mixed success, and the coming years may bring further struggle. The...

September 29, 2010  6:26 AM

The PHR buck stops here in Orlando

Posted by: DonFluckinger

ORLANDO, FLA. -- This year we've heard a lot of conference speakers and seen many online and print experts pontificate about whose job it is to sell patients on the value of

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September 22, 2010  7:18 AM

Google Health returns with a focus on wellness

Posted by: Beastwood
google health, PHR

Google Inc. unveiled a revamped Google Health last week, shifting the focus of its personal health record (PHR) service from importing records to tracking personal wellness. Through the redesign,...

September 9, 2010  11:35 AM

Medical bracelets: Not just bling when connected to PHRs

Posted by: DonFluckinger

Between now and when we all have RFID chips embedded under our skin relaying medical information pertinent in emergencies, such as penicillin allergies, heart conditions, diabetes and prescription histories, medical...

June 9, 2010  12:01 AM

HITECH naysayers come out of the woodwork

Posted by: DonFluckinger
EHR, emr hitech act, google, google health, hitech, PHR

Ray Campbell, head of the Massachusetts Health Data Consortium (MHDC), probably didn't surprise many people last week at his organization's annual meeting in Boston when he outlined the many ways the HITECH Act-fueled national health IT...

May 18, 2010  1:02 PM

Early adopters prepared for meaningful use, and other health IT news

Posted by: AnneSteciw
EMR, health IT, Health IT news this week, HITECH Act, iPod Touch, Meaningful use, PHR

For health organizations already wired for electronic medical records (EMR), meaningful use compliance involves merely keeping abreast of changes in the proposed rule....

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