myPHR Relaunch

AHIMA’s consumer Web site myPHR.com relaunched with a major redesign. The new site offers information on PHRs organized by seven major user groups: parents, students, seniors, caregivers, the chronically ill, travelers, and athletes. Check out the new blogs, news feed, and events calendar. The site offers consumer information on choosing a PHR, starting a PHR, and protecting your privacy. Community groups can also schedule local...

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Reducing Healthcare Disparities through PHRs

Can health IT help reduce disparities in quality of care caused by racial and ethnic differences, geographic isolation, poverty, and low health literacy and consumer involvement? Authors of a new Journal web-exclusive story discuss the potential of personal health records to mitigate healthcare disparities. HIM professionals can play four important roles, the authors write: Advocating, designing, and testing PHR products that are...

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Google Health Announces Profile Sharing

Google Health, the Internet giant’s free online personal health record service, is nearing a year old. This week the company rolled out some changes to the service, some of which the company anticipated last spring. Users may now share their health profiles with others, such as doctors and family. Account owners grant access to others via e-mail addresses. Viewers cannot edit or share a profile. Account owners control how much of the...

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A PCASSO Retrospective

PCASSO—the Patient Centered Access to Secure Systems Online project—was an early trailblazer in using the Internet to give patients and providers instant access to medical records. The project started in 1996, a time when most people considered the Internet an unsecure and scary place to post a person’s most private and sensitive information. Now, more than 10 years since its creation, PCASSO can be more fully appreciated as an...

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A Cost-Benefit Model for PHRs

Healthcare is badly in need of some cost-savings. A new study suggests that a change in the way we keep health records could save billions. Last week the industry got a look at a cost-benefit model for personal health records. According to the report, widespread use of PHRs could save the US healthcare industry between $13 and $21 billion a year. The Center for Information Technology Leadership (CITL), a nonprofit IT research center...

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