The first patient to enroll in the pilot project found that the tablet helped her sort through the huge amount of information that was inundating her. She found the dictionary application especially helpful when her medical team discussed her condition, and she likes the fact that she can travel with all of her records in case she becomes ill.1

According to Kory Mertz, the challenge grant program manager at the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), “The MyJourney Compass project is empowering patients to become actively engaged in their care…. The work in Rome will serve as a model [for] other patients, providers, and communities across the country on leveraging health information technology to engage patients in their care.”2

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The pilot project of MyJourney Compass is a collaboration among private physicians and local organizations, including the Rome-Floyd Cancer Initiative, the Harbin Clinic, Redmond Regional Medical Center, and the Northwest Georgia Regional Cancer Coalition’s new cancer center. It is funded by the federal Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, operated through the Georgia Department of Community Health and managed by health information specialists at the Georgia Institute of Technology. GeorgiaDirect provides the project’s secure email service as part of the Georgia Health Information Network. ONA 

Bette Weinstein Kaplan is a medical writer based in Tenafly, New Jersey.


1. Jones L. An easier journey with the MyJourney Compass tablet. Rome News-Tribune.  RN-T.com. http://rn-t.com/bookmark/23343062/article-An easier journey with the MyJourney Compass tablet. Accessed September 17, 2013.

2. Bresnick, J. ONC mhealth grant helps Ga. cancer patients coordinate care. EHRIntelligence.com. http://ehrintelligence.com/2013/08/20/onc-mhealth-grant-helps-ga-cancer-patients-coordinate-care. Accessed September 17, 2013.