At-Risk Teens Interested in Obtaining Health Information, Study Finds | Healthcare Informatics Magazine | Health IT | Information Technology Skip to content Skip to navigation

At-Risk Teens Interested in Obtaining Health Information, Study Finds

October 22, 2012
by Gabriel Perna
| Reprints

According to a new study from the Stanford University School of Medicine and the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, at-risk teenagers are interested in obtaining and viewing their online health information. Researchers from the study, which was published in a recent issue of Pediatrics, spoke with 79 incarcerated teens who received treatment at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, and 90 percent were enthusiastic about receiving their health information online.

The researchers, led by adolescent medicine specialist at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and senior author, Arash Anoshirvani, M.D, say that troubled teens could benefit from online health information because they “generally have worse health than other adolescents — and no one keeping track of the health care they do receive.” Furthermore, they have a variety of tough circumstances such as constantly moving and difficult relationships with their parents, both of which are not helping doctors know their medical history.

“These young people are marginalized, considered delinquent,” Anoshirvani said in a statement. “They’re often not considered when it comes to new ways of engaging patients.”

On the 90 percent interest in receiving health information online, Anoshiravani said, “I didn’t expect this level of interest because they don’t typically think of health as something that’s part of their daily lives.” In addition, the researchers were surprised to find that the teenagers said they would also share online health records:

According to this press release, Anoshiravani now wants to implement and test online health records for at-risk teens. He says, the biggest challenge will revolve around the issue of information-sharing. “It’s very difficult right now to meet the spirit and letter of the law around confidential health information in the areas of reproductive and mental health for adolescent patients,” Anoshiravani said. As electronic medical records evolve to include customized privacy settings, it will be easier to meet teens’ confidentiality needs, he said.

Christopher Longhurst, M.D., clinical associate professor of pediatrics, and chief medical information officer at Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital in Stanford, Calif., worked with the authors of the report on this effort.

Get the latest information on Health IT and attend other valuable sessions at this two-day Summit providing healthcare leaders with educational content, insightful debate and dialogue on the future of healthcare and technology.

Learn More

Topics

News

MGMA: Physician Compensation Data Illustrates Nationwide PCP Shortage

Primary care physicians’ compensation rose by more than 10 percent over the past five years, representing an increase which is nearly double that of specialty physicians’ compensation over the same period, according to the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA).

Circulation, Buoy Health Collaborate on Integrated Platform for Patient Transportation

Boston-based startup Circulation Health, a ride-ordering exchange that coordinates medical transportation logistics using Lyft and other transportation partners, is partnering with Buoy Health, also based in Boston, to integrate their platforms to provide patients with an end-to-end healthcare experience.

HITRUST Provides NIST Cybersecurity Framework Certification

The Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST), security and privacy standards development and accreditation organization, announced this week a certification program for the National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework (Framework).

Report: Interoperability in NHS England Faces Similar Barriers as U.S. Healthcare

Electronic patient record interoperability in NHS England is benefiting patient care, but interoperability efforts are facing barriers, including limited data sharing and cumbersome processes falling outside of the clinician workflow, according to a KLAS Research report.

Geisinger National Precision Health Hires Illumina Exec to Lead Business Development

Integrated health system Geisinger has hired a high-profile genetic counselor to head up business development for Geisinger National Precision Health, which was created to extend the Geisinger model on the national scene.

$30M VC Fund Launched to Spur Innovation in Cardiovascular Care

The American Heart Association, together with Philips and UPMC, has announced the launch of Cardeation Capital, a $30 million collaborative venture capital fund designed to spur healthcare innovation in heart disease and stroke care.