Reorienting personal health record research: focus to patient engagement?

April 25th, 2012

Dr. Tenforde et al[1] has proven the limitation of traditional personal health record (PHR) to improve the health quality of diabetes patients. Even though PHR users are having better quality profile, however it is assumed that such improvement was related more to their engagement with health not PHR use. Anyway, it is a positive evidence of PHR adoption, considering the difficulties of implementation and high risk of abandonment[2].

In the last five years, expanding growth of PHR publications appeared in Pubmed. Several factors have driven this trend. They include, but not limited to, increasing adoption of EMR by clinical providers, patients’ need to adopt and share health information, technological maturity of personal medical instrument and health data exchange, and the last but not least increasing mHealth applications and social media in health domain. Continue reading »

Towards acceptable health information systems quality in low-resource settings: still simple and practical approach?

April 23rd, 2012

I  enjoy reading the publication of Mphatswe et al[1] reporting superb effort to improve health information management practice in a low-resource setting. They claim to perform a simple and practical solution to increase data completeness (from 26% to 64%) and accuracy (from 37% to 65%) applied in prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) program in health facilities of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa.

Even though the quality is much improved, the authors admitted that it was still below the acceptable standard of health information system. We assume that, this great achievement was occurred due to the very poor baseline health information management practice[2]. Once this improvement achieved, the critical point is that do we believe that similar simple and practical recipe will work in the later stage? Continue reading »

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