Health Care Slideshow: 10 Ways IT Makes Wal-Mart Healthier

By Bob Violino  |  Posted 03-31-2009

10 Ways IT Makes Wal-Mart Healthier

by Bob Violino

10 Ways IT Makes Wal-Mart Healthier

1. Personal control

Individuals control what health information goes in and out of their records, who has access to those records, and how much access they should have. Dossia's founders don't have access to employees' health records.

1. Personal control

2. Portable health data

Consumers can continue to access their health information, even when they move from their current employer, physician, pharmacy or health insurance provider. Users aren't tied to any one health plan or doctor or PHR or system.

2. Portable health data

3. Improved health outcomes

When equipped with the data and tools they need, consumers can be active in their care and more effectively manage their health and prevent illness.

3. Improved health outcomes

4. Lifelong access to information

Because personally-controlled records belong to the consumer, individuals have long-term access to that information, building a lifelong repository of valuable and actionable health information.

4. Lifelong access to information

5. Health data from multiple sources

With health data from a broad set of sources, these records provide consumers with a comprehensive picture of their health. Consumers can add their own data, such as family history and immunizations, to fully round out that health picture.

5. Health data from multiple sources

6. Reduced costs

Consumers have the information they need to make better-informed healthcare decisions, leading to lower costs and expenses. Ultimately, healthier consumers mean lower costs for employers and other financially-responsible entities in the healthcare system.

6. Reduced costs

7. Expanded business ROI of wellness programs

PHR complement and support employers' existing investments, such as wellness and disease management programs. They also complement individuals' efforts, including the use of tele-monitoring devices and other health tools.

7. Expanded business ROI of wellness programs

8. Improved communication in healthcare

Cconsumers have more meaningful, detailed and proactive conversations about their health with physicians and can easily share data with health advocates or family members when dealing with complex and stressful health issues.

8. Improved communication in healthcare

9. Consistent, online access

Providing consumers with their health data online allows them to access that information at any time-and potentially during critical emergencies.

9. Consistent, online access

10. Manage chronic disease

As the U.S. has become increasingly unhealthy, battling costly chronic diseases-many of which are preventable-consumers with consistent, up-to-date health data can make more informed and preventative decisions about their chronic care.

10. Manage chronic disease