The Wall Street Journal has a great article mentioning most of the current mobile electronic personal health records for the iPhone and how they are being used. The article talks about the usefulness of these mobile records and also tells of some of their pitfalls.
One of the biggest pitfalls mentioned is how users have to input their own medical data manually. Currently some insurance companies and hospitals offer tethered systems, where they will automatically update your personal health records. Once this becomes more common there should be a greater usage of these mobile platforms. Although they are improving, these tethered systems often do not communicate well with each other. This is a topic we’ll discuss on this site in the future since it’s a personal interest of mine.
Polka, TheCarrot.com and Ringful are among a number of new services that allow consumers to input their medical information and track their conditions using a smart phone. Particularly for the small but growing number of people who use electronic health records, phone applications are appealing because they can allow mobile access to personal information.
The market is nascent, however. Currently, only about 3% of U.S. consumers put their medical information online in personal-health records, according to Forrester Research. It’s mainly up to consumers to accurately log their own health data…..
…..With AllOne Health’s application called AllOne Mobile, users can view their medial history on the go, see prescription history and pharmacy information and receive alerts on medical appointments. It gives mobile access to existing personal-health records maintained by participating health plans and for users of Microsoft’s HealthVault program. But right now the application is view-only; users can make changes to their health records using the health plans’ Web interfaces, but not directly from the phone. (The company says it plans on adding this feature next year.)