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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

NHS to shut down Personal Health Record Service

The UKs National Health Service is going to shut down it's personal health recored service, called Healthspace.  < Here > is the story. This quote by the clinical informatics director, Dr Charles Gutteridge, citing reasons for shutting it down, is insightful:

"It is too difficult to make an account; it is too difficult to log on; it is just too difficult," he said.

I had previously read journal articles citing this as a failure, or at least there being no real benefit to eHealth technologies like personal health records:
Greenhalgh T, Hinder S, Stramer K, Bratan T, Russell J. Adoption, non-adoption, and abandonment of a personal electronic health record: case study of HealthSpace. BMJ. 2010 Nov 16;341:c5814. doi: 10.1136/bmj.c5814