Dossia, one of the personal health record providers, and a non-profit organization, today announced that the company has added a several new features to Dossia Personally-Controlled Health Record. One of the significantly new features include the capability to support personal health records for employees` dependents. Dossia will now provide lifelong personal health records (PHR) to both employees and their dependents.
PHR is a new breed of personal tools available to track personal medical information such as medical history, dietary habbits and other health related information in digital format. PHRs are owned and controlled by patients, not your health care provider or physician. Refer to how to choose a personal health record (PHR) article to learn more.
Since launching in 2006, Dossia has been dedicated to educating and empowering consumers, enhancing the quality and efficiency of healthcare, and improving the health literacy, health behavior and the health of all Americans. Dossia’s mission is to transform the U.S. healthcare system by reducing waste and facilitating better care by ensuring that consumers are equipped with access to their health information, and the educational tools necessary to make good decisions and be active partners in their health and healthcare.
“Dossia has been working closely with a team of leading legal experts to ensure that dependents` personal health records comply with both state and federal laws,” said Dossia COO Steve Munini. “Dossia has always placed privacy and the protection of users` health information as the top priority and we’re committed to ensuring that this expansion remains compliant with the highest standards of safety and security.”
The announcement around Dossia`s support of dependent health records is expected to pave the way for accelerated growth in the number of Dossia users. Through Dossia`s Web-based infrastructure, employees have access to and control over their lifelong, personal, private and portable health information, and have access to a variety of health tools that allow users to take better control of their health and healthcare.
According to Dossia CEO Colin Evans, “We are thrilled to be able to expand availability of the Dossia Personally-Controlled Health Record to the families of employees.” Evans went on to say, “Dossia is a unique solution for employers who are looking to significantly decrease their healthcare costs by increasing the health and wellness of their entire employee population, along with their families.”
Along with a robust ecosystem of personally-tailored health tools, Dossia will also unveil a new user-friendly interface, which will give users easier access to and control over their health information.
Dossia is a non-profit organization consisting of several large U.S. employers who have united under a common vision: to empower their employees to make smarter more informed decisions about their healthcare. Through Dossia, they will leverage their combined influence to break down barriers to health information, which will help drive consumer-initiated change. The Dossia Founders group includes AT&T, Applied Materials, BP America, Cardinal Health, Intel, Pitney Bowes, Abraxis BioScience, Vanguard Health Systems, sanofi-aventis, and Walmart. For more information, visit www.dossia.org.
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