"Consumers" Posts

Portrait of Dr. Michael Gilbert

How to Use a Patient Portal

Dr. Michael Gilbert | January 9, 2014

As more and more physicians’ offices and other providers begin to take the first step in setting up a patient portal, I thought it would be interesting to tell our story about how our office implemented and uses a portal. The lessons we learned may be helpful for you as Meaningful Use Stage 2 deadlines for patient portal use approach. And we would love to connect with others who have tackled and solved similar situations.

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Portrait of Mary Jo Deering

Advancing the use of patient-generated information to improve health and care

Mary Jo Deering | December 27, 2013

Providers base their care decisions on a wide variety of patient information, such as patient and family history, vital signs, reports of symptoms or response to treatment.  This information traditionally is created in a visit to a provider or laboratory, but there are increasing examples of information being created by the individual or caregiver outside the clinical setting and reported to the provider.  This information is known as patient-generated health-information (PGHI) or patient-generated health data (PGHD). 

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Portrait of Jodi G. Daniel, J.D., M.P.H.

Health IT Strategy for Empowering Consumers Round Two

Jodi G. Daniel, J.D., M.P.H. | November 19, 2010

Thank you for the thoughtful discussion in response to my blog post “Strategy for Empowering Consumers.” As has consistently been ONC’s experience with the Health IT Buzz Blog, the points made in your responses have both broadened and sharpened our thinking. The blog itself highlights a lesson that has become clear for our communication efforts: we should take greater advantage of social networking tools (and this means much more than blogging) when bringing our policy conversations outside of the walls of HHS. 

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