Patients’ Interest in Using a PHR

Posted on April 3, 2009 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

I just came across a few interesting tweets where Howard Luks, Web 2.0 and HC 2.0 savvy Orthopedist fascinated by Social Media and influence on healthcare delivery, posted his 100 patient “poll” on PHR. His first question was how many people were interested in PHR. The second one was how many patients would want their healthcare data online (cloud). Check out the responses.

Poll on Patients' Interest in PHR

66/100 not knowing what a PHR is seems high. I would have guessed more like 95/100 wouldn’t know what a PHR was. The split for those interested in their HC information being online seems pretty representative. Over half of the people don’t care or don’t know. So far no PHR vendor has really given us a reason to care.