HIT Tidbits

  • The Houston Chronicle reports that “A national survey of about 1,100 adults that Harris Interactive conducted in July found that 7 percent of U.S. adults use online personal health records. The poll also found that 35 percent of those surveyed were unaware that the technology exists. The survey’s margin of error was plus or minus 3 percentage points.”
  • The New York Times reports on a new twist to the myspace.com and Facebook fads — web pages such as thestatus.com where hospital patients and chronically ill people can update their friends and family on their condition and receive notes of support. Because the trick with these ventures is to figure out how to monetize the site, the Times notes that carepages.com which was created by the Mayo Clinics, the Cleveland Clinic, and Massachusetts General Hospital, among other care providers, “offers newsletters; educational materials specific to the patient’s illness; links to the hospital florist, gift shop or medical foundation.”