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James Ralston, M.D., M.P.H.
The Center for Health Studies, Group Health Cooperative
University of Washington, Seattle, WA
What Was Accomplished
To shift the organization of health care towards patients’ needs, the team from the University of Washington designed a PHR system that allows people with diabetes to record their blood glucose levels, blood pressure, food intake and exercise levels and quickly upload these readings wirelessly over a cell phone to their health care provider. Providers will review the information and sync it with the patient’s electronic medical record, providing feedback and counsel as needed. In testing the concept of a health record shared between patients and health care providers, the team is developing and testing a web-based application with extension onto a cell phone. An integration warehouse serves as data repository and reporting engine. The team has partnered with colleagues at the Norwegian Centre for Telemedicine (NST) in Tromso, Norway and with Sujansky & Associates to test interoperability of the Common Platform for mobile phone self-monitoring and user feedback of blood glucose levels. The collaborators demonstrated the utility of the Common Platform for capturing and sharing person-level data.
2006-08 Teams' Artifacts