Development and early usage patterns of a consumer-facing family health history tool

AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2011:2011:578-87. Epub 2011 Oct 22.


Personalized medicine will require detailed clinical patient profiles, and a particular focus on capturing data that is useful in forecasting risk. A detailed family health history is considered a critical component of these profiles, insomuch that it has been coined as 'the best genetic test available'. Despite this, tools aimed at capturing this information for use in electronic health records have been characterized as inadequate. In this manuscript we detail the creation of a patient-facing family health history tool known as OurFamilyHealth, whose long-term emphasis is to facilitate risk assessment and clinical decision support. We present the rationale for such a tool, describe its development and release as a component of Intermountain Healthcare's patient portal, and detail early usage statistics surrounding the application. Data derived from the tool since its release are also compared against family history charting patterns in Intermountain's electronic health records, revealing differences in data availability.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Electronic Health Records* / statistics & numerical data
  • Family Health*
  • Health Records, Personal*
  • Humans
  • Medical History Taking / methods*
  • Precision Medicine