With all the talk about patient engagement and personal health records, there’s precious little hard data on how well PHRs work to improve health. Parkview Health, Fort Wayne, Ind., is contributing some as part of an ONC Beacon Grant for the state of Indiana: looking at how patients with cardiovascular disease use a PHR and whether it contributes to lowered blood pressure, better weight control, improved blood test results, and compliance with the care plan.

Michael Mirro, M.D., and research assistant Carly Daley will present results of their work with 200 patients, mostly in their mid-fifties or older, who used a PHR after training at their cardiologist’s office.

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