More than 80% of Americans say the U.S. health care system needs to be rebuilt, according to a survey by The Commonwealth Fund. Ninety percent want access to their own medical records, and a majority wants to see a greater use of health IT. Almost half report poorly coordinated care over the past two years.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty recently announced his intent to make PHRs available to all state employees. He's now decided he wants them for all the state's residents. It's likely that the PHRs would be housed on something like Google Health and Microsoft HealthVault with state-built front ends to manage the data. The governor believes that when more have access to PHRs, they'll clamor for EHRs, thus spreading that adoption.
EHTEL and EuroRec, two European e-health organizations, will hold a joint e-health planning and management symposium in November, ahead of the World of Health IT Conference. They will offer participants a tool kit that can be used as a management reference framework for use in e-health initiatives.
More than 2,000 medical and surgical procedures at Texas-based William Beaumont Army Medical Center now have automated consent forms from Georgia-based Dialog Medical. Patient and provider information is automatically loaded via AHLTA, the EHR system used at many military hospitals.
Several thousand migrant farm workers and their families in California's San Joaquin County will have PHRs within the next nine months. La Cooperativa Campesina de California, an organization that supports the workers, will use a $444,500 grant it received from California's Department of Managed Health Care to use MiVIA, a PHR program, available over a password-protected Web portal.