Implementation, adoption and use of intelligent EHR’s, PHR’s and the implications in the light of patient empowerment

April 14, 2010

Worldwide there is a health care revolution occurring – “Patient Empowerment”. People are realizing they have the ability to take ownership of their health futures. The Internet is the key enabler of this exciting change. Web 2.0 and Health 2.0 tools are giving patients and care givers real time access to the latest medical information and discoveries, social media interactions, quality ratings of providers, telemedicine, treatment options and efficient communication options.

Patients are realizing that they can improve their medical outcomes by taking responsibility for their own healthcare decisions. The PHR can help to empower patients by giving them a sense of ownership of their care as well as improving communications with clinicians. PHRs are being seen as a tool to support healthy lifestyles and disease management.

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