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Patient engagement in any area is a test in psychological behavior. Physicians are being driven by force, and vendors through incentives to develop and or use EHRs, but the ultimate user, the patient has no such incentive.
Fear of the Internet, fear of information being used for wrong purposes, the difficulty for many to use the software or web sites or just the tedium of staying on top of yet another technology in their life. Google Health noticed it is difficult to keep patients engaged between episodes of care. That would seem normal, unless you have a chronic condition.
The above example, with a targeted disease, is a great start. But blanketing the population, maybe more difficult.
Lisa Henderson, InformationWeek Healthcare, contributing editor