Web-Based Personal Health Record for Low- and Moderate-Income People Has a Positive Test

Using technology as a tool to connect people to vital information and services

Staff at One Economy Corp. in Washington, D.C., developed an Internet-based personal health record for use by a low- and moderate-income population and tested its feasibility.

Personal health records allow patients to gather medical data from doctors, clinics, hospitals, pharmacies and insurers together in one place. At the time of the project, no one had integrated personal health records into other services available to the working poor.

Key Results:

  • One Economy staff developed a tailored personal health record and launched it on a restricted area of the Beehive, a website designed to help low- and moderate-income people improve their standard of living. The content was written in English and Spanish at a fifth-grade literacy level.
  • The eight patients who tested the personal health record tool said they would continue to use it.