In a speech to New Hampshire voters, Sen. Hillary Clinton focused on the importance of developing EHR systems as part of her overall health care plan, saying that EHRs could save $77 million in health care costs.
A law took effect in California that expands protection for health care information. It prevents companies from disclosing electronic health records without patient consent and also forces companies to notify state residents if certain privacy breaches occur.
Emphasizing the personal benefits of PHRs will increase their purchase and use by early adopters, according to a study. The study also found that framing communications to note the benefits of the technology to society as a whole can influence later adopters.
Spectrum Health plans to collaborate with Microsoft Corp. and Cerner to develop technology that allows patients to access entertainment and personal health information at their bedsides. Cerner Care Console features include information about the patient's hospital, schedule, providers and relevant health education articles.