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Alison_Diana
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2/14/2014 | 10:39:53 AM
Re: All very cool apps but...
We're starting to get there, especially now more practices are using EHRs. As hospitals are consolidating and healthcare providers are using the EHRs aligned with their hospitals, we're seeing de facto standards within a region. My orthopedic surgeon and my daughter's doctor, for example, are both affiliated with the same hospital and both use the same EHR. You can easily foresee a time where developers would create a patient portal to that EHR. However, since my GP doesn't use an EHR yet, I'd be out of luck! And my husband sees a GP who uses a different EHR and hospital. 

To truly provide seamless visibility into their health, patients would need a portal that integrated with all EHRs, starting with the heavyweights and extending slowly to the smaller players. Of course, privacy and security are key. Patients would want mobile and desktop access, so it's not a small initiative by any measure. Some practices offer this capability but it's limited to just their physicians. One day, I'm sure we'll be able to see our entire health history on our phone (or other mobile device) but not yet!
Marilyn Cohodas
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2/14/2014 | 10:25:38 AM
All very cool apps but...
THese are all good starts (I especially like the coud-based messaging system MyCareText which notifies authorized friends and family members about a patient's condition and alerts specific individuals if a doctor needs to speak to them). But what I really can't wait to see is a truly integrated platform that stores all my personal medical records and lets me connect me with all my various providers through a single pane of glass. 
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