Harkness Project Title: Patient-Centered Policies for Personal Health Records
Mentors: Charles Safran, M.D. and Henry Feldman, M.D.
Placement: Harvard Medical School, Boston
Biography at time of Harkness Fellowship: Shane Reti (QSM), M.B.Ch.B., a 2007–08 Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice, is a primary care doctor and senior lecturer (Hon) in the Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care at the University of Auckland. He is a third-term ministerial appointment as a director of the Northland District Health Board and is a recipient of the Queens Service Medal (QSM) for Public Service for his contribution to medical research, health, and Maori education. He has published articles in journals such as the New Zealand Medical Journal, New Zealand Family Physician, and American Journal of Diabetes. Dr. Reti qualified as a physician, earned a diploma in professional ethics, and received his master's degree in medical sciences from Auckland University, and earned a diploma in dermatological science from Cardiff University.
Project: Shane Reti sought to explore organizational responses to a set of current issues regarding personal health records (PHRs) – particularly regarding ways to make them more patient-centered – with the aim of making policy recommendations for minimum standards. As part of a wider study, he conducted interviews with senior managers at seven organizations with more than 10,000 registered PHR users. He also explored the personal health record governance arrangements in each of these organizations.
Career Activity Since Fellowship
(Updated July 2013)
Reti SR, Feldman HJ, Ross SE, et al. “Improving personal health records for patient-centered care.” JAMIA 2010; 17: 192-195.
Reti S, Feldman H, Safran C. “Governance for Personal Health Records” Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. 2009; 16: 14-17