PeaceHealth, an integrated health system in Alaska, Oregon and
Washington, so far has released 65 copies of free computer code and a
documentation guide for its Web-based personal health-record system
called the Shared Care Plan.
The PHR is part of a regional health information organization, the
Whatcom (County, Wash.) Health Information Network, or HInet, which was
the focus of a segment on using information technology in a
community-based disease-management program that recently aired as part
of a three-part documentary, "Remaking American Medicine, Health Care
for the 21st Century," now running on public television stations across
The six-hospital PeaceHealth system, based in Bellevue, Wash., operates
the 235-bed St. Joseph Hospital in Bellingham, Wash., which was one of
two founders of the HInet in the mid-'90s. The Shared Care Plan
software was developed by PeaceHealth with the help of patients and
clinicians, four other provider organizations in the Whatcom County area and two statewide payers under a $1.9 million grant from the
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The PHR software was made available in
June to other providers at no charge.
"We've had 65 requests total, and 18 of those came in since Thursday
when the program first aired on PBS," wrote Dawn Gauthier, technical
manager for the six-hospital PeaceHealth system, in an e-mail.
Software recipients have been "quite an interesting mix of folks, from
all over the country to Canada and New Zealand as well. Most of the
people who request a CD indicate that they intend to implement it
across a community, but I'm not keeping track of who is actually doing
As payers, providers and independent companies jockey for position to
provide PHR systems to the public to meet President
Bushs goal of making portable health records available to most
Americans by 2014, much debate is occurring over information privacy
and patient control over PHR content.
One feature of the Web-based Shared Care Plan software system is its privacy
summary page. A series of pull-down menus and check boxes enable
patients to limit access to all or part of their information for each
provider in the community who is a member of their "care team." The
system also prepares an audit trail that patients can use to see who
has accessed their records.
To find out more about the software, go to href="http://www.peacehealth.org/System/News/SharedCarePlan061306.htm" target="_new">www.peacehealth.org/scp