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Free The Data: Patients As Consumers
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User Rank: Apprentice
12/28/2013 | 10:15:38 PM
A PHR That Works Exists Today
Consumers/patients increasingly want access to their medical information -- for good reasons.  First, none of their providers has access to their complete medical record from all their other providers.  This often results in serious medical mistakes, unnecessary testing and the lack of coordination.  Second, the records often include serious misinformation (a UK study last year found that 30% of patient records include mistakes).  Third, they want to participate in their care decisions; they no longer accept the concept that their doctor "knows best." 

Unfortunately, none of the systems cited really do the job.  Not Healthvault.   Not Blue Button.  Not Dossia.  Providers need complete records not summaries or insurance company billing records.  And they need quick, easy access to records and have no time to visit multiple portals to understand their patient's health issues and coordinate care.

Our company, Health Record Corporation, has developed a unique new patient-focused personal health record that does meet the needs of both patients and doctors.  It's called MedKaz®, and is available today! (Disclosure: I am Founder & CEO).

It aggregates a patient's complete record from all their providers on a MedKaz Green Drive, along with our patented MedKaz application.  The patient owns it, carries it on a key chain, in a wallet or wears it like a pendant or dog tag and gives it to any provider at the point of care, anywhere, anytime, in-network or out-, at home or away.  With only two or three clicks, a provider (or patient) can electronically sort, search for and access any record on it — including paper records — even without Internet access!  It enables them to avoid mistakes and unnecessary tests, provide better, coordinated care and reduce the cost of care.  It's updated for the patient after each encounter. 

Doctors and patients who have used it love it because it meets their needs.  For more info, visit


User Rank: Ninja
12/25/2013 | 12:50:01 AM
Saves time for Patient and Physician
A significant portion of my health care record is available to me online under a password. I can find test results as well as my physicians' notes. I can't tell you how many phone calls this has saved me from having to make, and how much time this has saved for me. It's so great having all the facts available to me succinctly and all in one place, so when I do have to make a phone call, the doctor and I don't have to waste time going over old ground.

Mark Braunstein
Mark Braunstein,
User Rank: Moderator
12/24/2013 | 12:01:37 PM
Re: How do we get consumers to consume patient health records?
Before directly responding to David's excellent question I should mention "Why Personal Health Records Have Flopped", an article by Paul Cerrato on Information Week  back in January 2012.  He argues, correctly I think, that patients also need incentives to use electronic records and he cites Dossia's ability to work with employers to create those incentives as proof that they work. 

The honest answer to David's question is that this whole area needs more study.  However, the most recent literature survey I know of on PHR benefits and barriers ( clearly identifies usability as a factor (as do all the other articles I've read).   Hopefully, now that patients can upload their data rather than entering it we'll soon see a study that shows the inpact of what I think will turn out to be an important change.
Alison Diana
Alison Diana,
User Rank: Moderator
12/24/2013 | 11:37:52 AM
Fixing Errors
One reason I think patients would become more interested in PHRs is if they realized the errors these records could contain. There is plenty of anecdotal evidence that some patient records contain erroneous data, perhaps related to off-label use of medications. For example, if you're using an anti-depression medication to quit smoking you could be marked as depressed. Good luck fixing that -- especially if you don't know that record exists.
David F. Carr
David F. Carr,
User Rank: Author
12/24/2013 | 10:17:37 AM
How do we get consumers to consume patient health records?
Is there any good evidence that consumers take a greater interest in PHRs, once the burden of entering data is taken away?

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