SPOTLIGHT: VA testing social media through My HealtheVet portal

Don't get us started on the shortfalls of many current personal health records. New ideas, though, we welcome. With that in mind, we note that the VA has had some success with its My HealtheVet patient portal into the VistA EMR, but is concerned that younger patients--read, computer-savvy service members--want the portal to incorporate more social media. To this end, the VA is running a pilot of secure messaging at some hospitals and is continuing to hold focus groups with veterans to determine other features patients would like to see. FierceEMR