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January 05, 2009

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Deborah Leyva

You've made some excellent points. It really is (or should be) the patient who is most interested in the quality of their health and how their healthcare is delivered.

As an RN, I believe that the patient needs to be the one who chooses their own healthcare options. But in order to do that, they need to understand what is wrong, what can be done about it, what are the choices, and what are the risks and benefits for each choice. Once they have the right information they can make an informed decision - one which they have the right to, and should make.

With a PHR (or MHR as you so aptly called it), more information is at a their disposal. They can see the history and ongoing "evolution" of their health conditions. As more information is obtained - and understood - better decisions can be made.

Thanks for sharing.

Ravi Sohal

The Heath 2.0 "movement" echoes your thoughts. When patients/consumers own their own records they become much more comprehensive and portable. I analyze and track my spending through my bank account/Quicken. I'd like to do the same with my lab tests, prescriptions, and visits...

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