Navigation Links
Statement Regarding Microsoft's Announcement of New Services to Help People Store Their Health Information Online

PRINCETON, N.J., Oct. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a statement regarding Microsoft's announcement of new services to help people store their health information online:

It is encouraging that companies like Microsoft, Google and other IT leaders plan to develop personal health record (PHR) products and systems that people can use to manage their health information securely, and we hope more companies will follow suit. Having ready access to your own health information -- instead of having your medical history stored in paper form in a doctor's office where you can't see it -- is a vital step in helping physicians and patients work together to improve care.

In order to live up to their potential to transform health care, PHRs must be more than online repositories of our medical records. All trends point to the fact that, in the future, consumers will need to be far more engaged in the management and coordination of their health care. Access to health information is a great start, but the real power lies in pairing that information with smart, consumer-friendly tools that help people make sound decisions and take action to improve their health.

To get there, IT developers and entrepreneurs must produce new PHR tools and devices that build off of open platforms. Taking PHRs to this next level could yield substantial benefits for patients and caregivers. Today, for example, patients can enter a list of all of their medications in to an online PHR. While this is a key first step, next-generation PHR tools and systems may use that core list to generate customized prompts to take medications, trigger alerts for harmful drug interactions, scan online retailers for the lowest prescription prices, and so on.

If we seize this opportunity to expand on the current vision of PHRs, we can usher in a vibrant marketplace that offers a range of powerful tools that help people take action to manage their health and coordinate their care on a day-to-day basis.

Stephen J. Downs

Senior Program Officer and Deputy Director, Health Group

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation supports Project HealthDesign, a program to design 'the next generation' of PHRs and PHR systems. The project enlists technology designers, privacy experts, patients and others to explore new approaches to PHRs that will help people harness their medical information in practical ways as they go about their daily lives. The project serves as a catalyst in encouraging technology vendors to build tailored, interoperable PHR applications that meet patients' specific needs and can operate on a common platform.

For information on Project HealthDesign, visit

SOURCE Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Copyright©2007 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Fresh warnings to doctors regarding abortion pill
2. Researchers Present Data Regarding The Efficiency Of Herbs
3. Will anxiety regarding fertility treatment affect the chances of conception?
4. Changing Trends Regarding Insurance Cover For Weight Reduction Surgery
5. Indian Government warns Gujarat regarding possibility of bird flu
6. Leeches Provide Clues Regarding The Prevention Of Heart Disease
7. AIDS control requires co-coordinated move regarding safe sexual practices
8. Legal Action against Authority Regarding Outbreak of Legionnaires’ Diseas
9. Mixed Opinion Regarding Common Medical And Engineering Entrance Test
10. Adolescents Influenced By Maternal Attitude Regarding Weight Control
11. Tension between MP And the Cancer Council Head Regarding Screening Test for Male Cancer
Post Your Comments:
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... , ... PawPaws brand pet supplements owned by Whole Health Supply ... health of felines. The formula is all-natural and is made from Chinese herbs that ... Cat Kidney Support Supplement Soft Chews are Astragalus Root Extract and Rehmannia Root ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... Clarkston, Michigan (PRWEB) , ... June 26, 2016 ... ... respect to fertility once they have been diagnosed with endometriosis. These women need ... but they also require a comprehensive approach that can help for preservation of ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... Austin residents seeking Mohs ... College of Mohs Surgery and to Dr. Russell Peckham for medical and surgical dermatology. ... treatment for skin cancer. The selective fellowship in Mohs Micrographic Surgery completed by Dr. ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 25, 2016 , ... "With 30 ... their specific project," said Christina Austin - CEO of Pixel Film Studios. , ... and all within Final Cut Pro X . Simply select a ProHand generator ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... As a lifelong Southern Californian, Dr. Omkar ... M.D from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He trained in Internal ... complete his fellowship in hematology/oncology at the UCLA-Olive View-Cedars Sinai program where he had ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... Research and Markets has announced the addition of the ... to their offering. ... World Market for Companion Diagnostics covers the world market for ... report includes the following: , World IVD ... (N. America, EU, ROW), 2015-2020 , World IVD Companion ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , Belgium , June 24, ... VNRX), today announced the appointment of Dr. ... Directors as a Non-Executive Director, effective June 23, ... Audit, Compensation and Nominations and Governance Committees.  As ... Futcher will provide independent expertise and strategic counsel ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... -- Research and Markets has announced the addition ... 2022" report to their offering. ... with kidney failure, it replaces the function of kidneys by ... and thus the treatment helps to keep the patient body,s ... Increasing number of ESRD patients & substantial healthcare ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: