Patients are using dozens of Web sites to rate, rant or rave about the care they received from their providers. Supporters say it will lead to better patient care, but some physicians worry the sites are unfairly skewed by unhappy patients and could drive good doctors out of business.
Erickson Retirement Communities and three hospital systems in the Baltimore area say they will create a health information exchange to give ER physicians faster access to patient medication histories to help reduce medical errors. The groups aim to have the Chesapeake Regional Information System for Our Patients, or CRISP, up and running in six months.
Air Force medical centers are working toward increased use of radio-frequency identification systems to include tracking of medications and lab specimens. Houston-based Shipcom Wireless will review and assess the use of the technology at the centers.
Google on Monday introduced Google Health, an online service that allows consumers to manage their personal health records and provides links to major U.S. pharmacies, medical testing laboratories and physician groups. The company signed nonexclusive deals with various groups, including Quest Diagnostics and the American Heart Association, to offer its password-protected service.