Claremont Hosts Conference on Personal Health Record Revolution

Researchers in medicine, technology and policy converge in Southern California to analyze electronic health database implementation.

Claremont, CA, April 09, 2008 --( Claremont Graduate University researchers are lead in the way in making electronic personal health records a part of everyday life. On April 11-13, leaders in medicine, technology and policy will converge at the university for an in depth discussion on the latest research, systems and practices.

The symposium is part of an innovative learning program that brings together students and practitioners to evaluate electronic personal health records (PHRs). PHRs are a booming industry, as more consumers are utilizing emerging technologies for some aspect of their healthcare, whether it involves booking appointments, tracking healing processes or simply sharing information with several doctors. While 1 in 10 Americans currently use the Internet to look at their medical records, recent surveys reveal that the majority of Americans want to actively manage health issues through electronic means.

“For the first time, we’re going to hear case studies from health care organizations who are taking advantage of these new systems, from large providers such as Kaiser to small innovators such as PatientsLikeMe—all of whom are using the internet to assist consumers with their health affairs,” said Tom Horan, course chair and director of CGU’s Kay Center for E-Health Research.

Keynote speakers include:
Karen Bell, M.D. Office of the National Coordinator Health Information Technology, US Department of Health and Human Services,
Blackford Middleton, M.D., MPH, MSc Chairman, Center for Information Technology Leadership at Partners Healthcare, Harvard Medical School,
Edward Shortliffe, M.D., Ph.D. Dean, University of Arizona College of Medicine.

The event will be held on Friday, April 11th (8:00am - 4:30pm), Saturday, April 12 (8 am-5:15 pm) and Sunday, April 13 (8 am-1 pm). Each day will be held in a different building on campus; Friday’s event will take place at 1021 N. Dartmouth Avenue in Claremont, California. A full program and additional information can be found at

For more information, contact chair Thomas Horan at 909-607-9302/ or Sue Feldman at 909-607-9395/

About the Kay Center for E-Health Research
Founded in 2006, with a million-dollar grant from the Kay Family Foundation, the center is composed of researchers from CGU, outside researchers and policy-makers to ensure an objective and balanced approach to research activities which will help develop the technology to make electronic health records a reality.

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