April 23, 2008

Are You Impatient for Doctor-Patient Email?

Alicia Chang’s story on doctor-patient email has generated quite a bit of coverage and comment across the Web.

I’m quoted as saying that “[p]eople are able to file their taxes online, buy and sell household goods, and manage their financial accounts. The health care industry seems to be lagging behind other industries.” Here is a link to our internet activities chart, which shows just how popular those “homework” activities are with the 75% of American adults who go online.

Secure email is just one facet of e-health, of course. For more discussion of technology’s role in health care, check out these recent essays posted on some influential blogs:

Realizing the Power of PHRs

Ending Secrecy: Physician Makes Case for Full Disclosure of Health Records

Millennial Health Care Delivery

Mobile Health Stuff, Available Now

Can We Trust Google With Our Medical Records?