Patient Health Care Records Ready to Go Viral

Taking control of your health — from organizing medical records and lab results following doctor visits to logging efforts for dropping those few extra pounds — one day might be as easy and intuitive as online banking. A groundbreaking project in northwest Georgia soon will encourage consumers to play a bigger role in their health care by creating electronic personal health records, uploading medical information and images into one easy-to-access location a button click away. . . . The cancer coalition plans to develop its exchange over the next two years, with data sharing beginning in the next six to nine months, said Phil Lamson, a senior health care consultant at the Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute. It will focus first on cancer patients but eventually include the chronically ill, as well as healthy people, Lamson said.