Despite Flaws, Personal Health Records Are Smart Medicine
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User Rank: Apprentice
4/23/2012 | 2:07:30 PM
re: Despite Flaws, Personal Health Records Are Smart Medicine
In your reply, you say:
'Your premise that "...most healthy Americans don't care all that much about their health-- they take it for granted" is BS.'

And you base that on the attitude of your circle of friend.

That's the weakness in your argument.

I base my conviction that the public doesn't care enough about their health to use a PHR not on my circle of friends but on 30 years of experience as a clinician and teacher, working with a wide variety of patients and students.

Paul Cerrato
InformationWeek Healthcare
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4/23/2012 | 1:45:35 PM
re: Despite Flaws, Personal Health Records Are Smart Medicine
The failure of the Microsoft & Google PHR initiative should make it obvious that folks don't want this.

Apparently there is a limit to how much privacy people are willing to give up.

Your premise that "...most healthy Americans don't care all that much about their health-- they take it for granted" is BS.

My family & I are healthy...because we care - if I took it for granted I'd probably weigh 250 pounds. I'm not aware of anyone in my circle of friends that takes their health for granted.

I don't like the idea of a PHR for the privacy/paranoid reasons mentioned.

That said, there are obviously people with certain health situations that a PHR would benefit. Heck is a low-tech bracelet can help a diabetic, a PHR stored in that bracelet may even be better.

Realize those with certain health situations, like diabetes, seem to be less concerned about privacy. A good friend growing up, a diabetic, had needles at everyone's home...even in my glove box, which does take some explaining when pulled over by the police.

The point being, a diabetic knows it is beneficial for people to be aware of their condition - this is not the case for healthy individuals or others.

Just because something is smart to do, does not mean people will want to do it.
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4/20/2012 | 5:32:47 AM
re: Despite Flaws, Personal Health Records Are Smart Medicine
While individual practices are implementing portals that integrate with their office EHR to meet MU criteria and interact with their patient population, most are not forward thinking (or even know enough) to send their patients to a HealthVault or one of the other PHR integrators. Imagine being patient with multiple chronic conditions where perhaps you see 4 or 5 unrelated specialists in addition to your PCP that all use a different portal/PHR?!?

Julie C.
InformationWeek contributor

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