Virginia Commonwealth University this fall will launch a pilot e-health program designed to enhance preventive health care delivery, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports. The three-year project, supported by a $1.2 million federal grant, involves a Web-based system that references patients' electronic health records (EHRs) to help physicians offer more preventive health services. Specifically, the project will target 18 areas of care including cancer screening, health behaviors, immunizations and medication use. Under the program, patients answer a series of health questions on the secure My Preventive Care Web site. The site then will automatically check the answers against patients' EHR data and alerts physicians to recommended preventive services such as mammograms or flu shots. In addition, the site will provide patients tailored health advice, links to outside resources and decision tools, and help assessing individual risk for conditions such as heart disease and breast cancer. Participating physicians and patients also will evaluate the system, helping researchers determine whether it increases the delivery of recommended preventive services and improves patient knowledge, physician-patient communication and shared decision-making. This September, project organizers plan to enroll 5,500 patients treated by eight physician offices within the Virginia Ambulatory Care Outcomes Research Network, which uses a common EHR platform (Hostetler, Richmond Times-Dispatch, 3/6/08).