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People Power Helps with E-Health Records, too


That’s the finding of a recent study that I wrote about that was released today by Harvard Medical School and two other institutions. When it comes to using e-records to improve care, getting patients involved in scheduling important tests leads to better results.

Seems obvious to most of us, but as the researchers pointed out, much of the emphasis of the Obama Administration $20 billion push to adopt e-records nationwide has been on getting doctors involved.

“When we talk about improving the health-care system, what we should do is also talk about how we can take advantage of our patients as a resource,” says Thomas Sequist, one of the study’s authors and an assistant professor of medicine and health-care policy at the Harvard Medical School, and Brigham & Women’s Hospital.


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