Leaders Consider How Health Care Providers Should Handle Patient-Generated Data
As technical gadgets become increasingly more sophisticated, doctors are often faced with the question of how to handle health data that they receive from patients' personal health monitors or trackers. More than 90 percent of those meeting about it said they believe patient-generated data should be included in a health system’s electronic medical records — as long as there are ways to verify it is accurate.
The San Diego Union-Tribune:
Should You Own All Your Medical Records?
There was a time when medical information flowed in only one direction — from doctor to patient. Those days are over. Today, patients are increasingly collecting their own data using an ever-expanding array of personal monitors that can record their heartbeat, steps and blood glucose levels in real time. Technologies just entering the picture will be able to analyze the contents of an individual’s sweat, providing a stream of data about the functioning of the body’s metabolism with each and every workout. (Sisson, 3/28)
Meanwhile, a new database is launched to track California women's health —
New Database Tracks Women’s Wellness Across California
The nonprofit California Budget and Policy Center has launched a new database detailing how California women are faring in a variety of areas. Among the categories it drills into are health, economic security and political empowerment. (Orr, 3/29)