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Kaiser Permanente Launches Mobile App for Access to Electronic Medical Records


Kaiser Permanente, who already boasts the largest deployment of Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) in the world, today announced the launch of a new Android application to allow more than 9 million Kaiser patients to access their medical information on the go.

In addition to its Android app, the healthcare provider is also launching a newly mobile-optimized version of its website located at kp.org to allow anyone with a mobile device to still access their medical information when and where they need it.  Kaiser said it plans to launch a companion app for iOS in the coming months as well.  Through mobile access to their personal health information, Kaiser members now have secure access to lab results, diagnostic information, direct email communication with doctors, and the ability to order prescription refills among other things.

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Issues Privacy Notice For PHRs


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has published a so-called privacy policy for consumers who use Personal Health Records (PHRs).  The goal is to also help companies that provide PHRs build greater trust among consumers.

The HHS likens the new privacy policy to a nutrition label found on food packages in that it simplifies complex information to improve transparency and consumer understanding, HHS officials said.  As many healthcare organizations digitize personal health information, consumers need an easy-to-read, standardized template to help learn more about the privacy and security implications, as well as the data practices of personal health record (PHR) products.

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Aetna’s Personal Health Record (PHR) Initiative Sees 1.5M Active Users, Proves Simple Reminders Go a Long Way


Since debuting its Personal Health Record (PHR) initiative, health insurance provider Aetna has announced that more than 1.5 million users have begun using the new platform to date.

In addition, members are finding that new “personalized health action plans” — an added function of the platform — can become a gateway to better overall health.  For example, based on a recent internal survey, members who use the new PHRs are following up on recommended care, such as getting needed blood tests or starting finess programs, 68 percent more often than members who aren’t using PHRs.

One of the primary reasons this is taking place is because of the alert/reminder system Aetna has built into the platform.  PHR users can take advantage of a variety of “care alerts,” that remind users of things like needed tests or even notices of possible harmful drug interactions.  Alerts and reminders are also built into additional “health action plans” such as ones designed to control diabetes, lose weight, lower cholesterol, quit smoking or reach a number of other health goals.

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Connectyx Launches QR Code Integration for Personal Mobile Medical Records


Connectyx, maker of “MedFlash,” an innovative Personal Health & Wellness Management System (ePHM) for maintaining personal health records (PHR), has announced the integration of QR codes as part of its emergency response programs.

Unlike most PHR offerings, MedFlash now offers rapid mobile access allowing first responders to retrieve members’ important medical information when an “In Case of an Emergency” (I.C.E.) exists.  Adding QR codes with direct links to member’s personal emergency profiles offers even quicker response times.  By using a MedFlash member’s 9-digit Emergency Code, CTYX created a QR Code unique to the member’s personal profile that is embedded on their MedFlash Emergency Identification Card. A first responder that finds the MedFlash member’s card at the scene of the emergency/accident can scan the QR code image with a Smartphone and immediately access the victim’s/member’s personal emergency profile. Most first responders have a Smartphone with them at all times and use it to communicate with emergency personnel and hospitals during critical situations.

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New mHealth Guide Takes Deep Dive Into Mobile-Enabling Healthcare IT Systems


“Making Healthcare Mobile,” a new guide published today by mobileStorm, provides a focused look at how to extend healthcare into the mobile realm by presenting a step-by-step guide to mobile-enabling virtually any healthcare database.

Taking an independent and educational approach to mobile healthcare, the new guide covers the full spectrum of taking a wide array of healthcare systems mobile — including the history of healthcare’s evolution into the mobile channel, industry rules and regulations, best practices, secure messaging solutions, project overviews and even a step-by-step checklist to rolling out a pilot program to test the waters and evaluate options.

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