The Healthcare IT Guy blog has an essay by Dr. Aniruddha Malpani:
The reason the healthcare system today is sick is because it is so doctor-centric. The best way to heal the system is by putting patients at the center of it; and the most efficient way of doing this is by allowing patients to own their PHR – personal health records. The web allows us to provide everyone with a free PHR; and this is a major business opportunity, as healthcare undergoes a dramatic change over the next few years. PHRs are likely to be a major catalyst , because they will allow patients more control over the healthcare they receive. Patients are the largest untapped healthcare resource and armed with a PHR, they wont feel so powerless any more !
Information Therapy ( The right information to the right person at the right time to help make better health decisions) can be powerful medicine.
What information do patients want ?
* To choose doctors and treatments with good outcomes
* To communicate effectively with doctors
* To know what the doctor should do