Monday, July 16, 2012

Dr. Oz in Portland, Oregon

Dr. Oz and a team of healthcare providers were at OHSU's Center for Health and Healing on July 16, 2012. More than 600 people who registered for the event got the chance to learn about common ailments that could be making them sick. Each received a free, 15-minute physical and walk away with a better knowledge of how they can improve their health. Using tabletop blood test devices and Practice Fusion's EHR, data from the screenings will be analyzed on site and presented as a report card to the city of Portland. I had the opportunity to interview Dr. Oz and discuss health IT and the benefits that technology brings to medicine, and will be writing a post including that video (courtesy of Open Affairs TV) later this week. I was very impressed with his understanding of EHRs, but in particular his work at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in 2009 developing personal health record uses Microsoft's HealthVault and Amalga technologies called Dr. Oz made some bold statements about a patient's right to their data and the critical importance of patient engagement.

Watch for a more detailed report later, but for now see the video below from KATU News reporting on the event.