I am a big believer in empowering patients to play a bigger role in managing their health, their treatments and their health data. That's why I was sorry to see Google Health go.
HealthFusion today announced the launch of a new product called YourHealthFile which helps shift the balance of engagement towards the patient. YourHealthFile will be tightly integrated with HealthFusion's electronic health record (EHR) system MediTouch and enable patients to provide key information like chief complaint and medical history before their appointment. This should improve work flows, reduce the time a patient has to be in the provider's office and enable the physician to make informed decisions faster. The portal enables secure messaging between provider and patient, and it enables patients to review and edit their medical history, medications and prescription renewals. HealthFusion Founder and CEO, Dr. Seth Flam says "With the YourHealthFile Patient Portal, we have found the happy medium of patient self-service and empowerment, with the proper amount of physician supervision and expert advice."
This looks like a win-win for providers and patients. Easier interaction/preparation and transparency will enable better data, improved patient engagement and ultimately better health. Hopefully, YourHealthFile willl get additional options for patients to interact with their health data, an option for quick download of all patient data (like the VA's BlueButton), and interfaces to PHRs or other providers' EHRs for automatic capture of medical and family history.