Online Health Records Gain (A Little) PopularityThe Wall Street Journal: A crop of websites to help patients store medical information and monitor their health are gaining attention. "With people over 50 increasingly focused on ways to monitor and measure their health, [online personal health records, or PHRs] are drawing more attention. In addition to Microsoft Corp.'s [HealthVault], other well-known PHRs include Google Inc.'s Google Health and WebMD Health Manager from WebMD Health Corp. These tools can store your entire health history, saving you from chasing medical details spread over countless slips of paper from pharmacies, doctors and laboratories." Only about 4 percent of online users maintain web-based health records (Borzo, 10/25).
The Washington Post: Surescripts, the Arlington-based electronic prescribing company, is also launching a Web-based product targeted to physicians. "The move comes as the White House continues to encourage the modernization of medical record-keeping and is gearing up to release $20 billion in stimulus funds toward that end. Surescripts' new platform is loosely based on its existing service, allowing doctors to issue prescriptions electronically and cross-check script histories with participating pharmacies. Building upon that exchange, the company has created a subscription-only network, through which physicians can share a broader range of patient information with each other" (Douglas, 10/25). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.