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Vol.7 No.15 | July 21, 2010

FACTS and STATS

Individuals who e-mailed their physicians experienced better outcomes on management of two chronic diseases than people who did not e-mail, according to a new study of Kaiser Permanente patients, published in the July edition of Health Affairs.

The study examined 35,423 Kaiser patients in Southern California who have diabetes, high blood pressure or both. Researchers reviewed about 556,000 e-mail threads containing more than 630,000 e-mail messages. The study was conducted between 2005 and 2008.

The study found that patients initiated 85% of the e-mail exchanges. Eighty-eight percent of patients with diabetes who e-mailed their physicians had control of their blood sugar levels at the end of 2008, compared with 83% of diabetics who did not e-mail. The study also found that 73% of patients who e-mailed received screenings for retinopathy — an eye problem associated with diabetes — compared with 70% of patients who did not e-mail. Among patients who e-mailed their physicians, the study authors also recorded improvements in cholesterol control and screening, blood pressure levels and screening for kidney disease. The more frequently e-mails were exchanged, the greater the health improvements, researchers noted.

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Source: Improved Quality At Kaiser Permanente Through E-Mail Between Physicians And Patients

Date: July 7, 2010

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AROUND THE WORLD

U.S. Unveils New Guidelines for Electronic Health Records Plan

European Commission Tenders for e-Health Studies

Australia: Nehta Adds Final Touches to e-Health

NEWS FROM CANADA

Toronto: St. Michael’s Hospital connected to Diagnostic Imaging System

The Health Mentors Program at Dalhousie University in Halifax

TRENDS

Electronic Health Records Prime Clinicians to Provide Progressive Care to Older Adults

VHA Signs Agreement with athenahealth Bringing Electronic Health Records and Practice Management Services to its Physician Network

Some Doctors Join Facebook, Twitter; Others Wary

INDUSTRY SPEAK

HP Assists Healthcare Providers with Electronic Health Record Migration and Management

Siemens Aids Achieve Newly-Defined Criteria for ‘Meaningful Use’ of an EHR

MMRGlobal’s China Joint Venture Plans for Electronic Health Record Project in Henan Province

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INFOWAY UPDATE

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WORTH NOTING

ITAC 2010 – Information Technology in Aged Care

2010 Legal EHR Summit

IADIS International Conference e-Health 2010

HOBIC Symposium

ICT 2010: Digitally Driven

IT Healthcare Canada

IFHRO 2010: Congress of International Federation of Health Records Organizations

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