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Strengthening the Study of Personal Health Records in VA: Emerging Research Issues Surrounding the “My HealtheVet” System

Weaver FM, Hogan TP, Charters K, Nazi K, Weingardt K, McInnes DK, Gifford A, Chumble NR, Saleem J, Haggstrom D. Strengthening the Study of Personal Health Records in VA: Emerging Research Issues Surrounding the “My HealtheVet” System. Paper presented at: VA QUERI National Meeting; 2008 Dec 12; Phoenix, AZ.

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Objectives: Several QUERI centers are exploring how My HealtheVet (MHV), a web-based portal and personal health record system, might be utilized to support implementation of practices to promote superior patient outcomes. These initial efforts identified that a range of policy, technical, data, and organizational issues must be better understood before MHV can be incorporated into testing implementation approaches or collecting primary data. The goals of this workgroup are to: articulate a vision of MHV in implementation research, enumerate barriers and facilitators of research initiatives using MHV, identify researcher needs related to data, and to develop a report to disseminate workgroup outcomes. Activities: MHV representatives will first provide an overview of the current and long-term plans for MHV and its corresponding performance evaluation program. Brief presentations summarizing lessons learned from ongoing MHV research will follow: (1) The VA HERC and CHCE will describe their collaboration with the MHV program office to create a data collection tool that will enable researchers to conduct evaluations of MHV; (2) The HIV/Hepatitis-QUERI will explain a joint effort to develop an email messaging system through MHV to encourage veterans to discuss HIV testing; (3) The Spinal Cord Injury-QUERI will describe their work to develop and evaluate a condition center on MHV; (4) The Stroke-QUERI will report on their experiences conducting a usability study of MHV; and (5) MHV representatives will describe ongoing efforts to create tools to support communication and collaboration among MHV researchers. Following a brief intermission, the remainder of the session will be dedicated to breakout discussions focused on the policy, technical, data, and organizational issues relevant to MHV research, both short and long term. Findings from the discussions will be compiled at the end of the working group and later formalized into a report which will be posted on the QUERI website and distributed through other appropriate channels. Target Audience: Those interested in the role of informatics in the delivery and receipt of healthcare, including scientists, clinicians, administrators, operations and quality representatives, and other VA stakeholders. Assumed Audience Familiarity with Topic: Most participants are likely to have limited understanding of MHV and its current functionality.

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