On the other hand, my iPhone is tracking key health measures on a daily basis. I’m recording my steps, blood pressure, weight, exercise, and nutrition. It knows where I’m at, the temperature outside, and the air quality. All key factors or metrics important to my health
Using easy-to-use personal analytics in the cloud, I can analyze all of this data and see how my diet is affecting my weight (did I really need that Grande size cappuccino and a chocolate croissant?), how I need to get better at walking 10,000 steps a day, how travel and weather impacts my exercise regimen (hint: travel means little to no exercise for me, and warmer weather at home means I get more steps in).
Does my doctor see any of this? Nope. Well, not unless I show her my phone – and then what will she do with data? At least we’ll get to have a conversation about in while I’m sitting on the cold table in a funny gown, but she’s certainly not going to track how I’m doing next week or months later when I change my diet or visit the terrace for beers with friends more often during the summer.
While EHRs have the ability to bring in personal health data (often called PRO or Patient-Reported Outcomes), many organizations do not turn on this capability or they fail to use it effectively. A missed opportunity to see the whole story. So, can we go ahead and just call the systems our doctors use Electronic Sickness Records? I’ll be over here trying to stick to my latest adventure (the Keto diet) and walking to my favorite coffee shop where I’ll grimace at that delicious looking Pain au Chocolat.
Looking for more data-driven tips for hospitals? Check out Joe Warbington’s Health Data Management webinar on 6/20: http://bit.ly/2sA55m2