What is a PHR?
An electronic record of health-related information on an individual that conforms to nationally recognized interoperability standards and that can be drawn from multiple sources while being managed, shared, and controlled by the individual.
A personal health record or PHR is typically a health record (a collection of important information) that is initiated and maintained by an individual. It is different than patient health record, which includes information about one’s health compiled and maintained by healthcare providers. An ideal PHR would provide a complete and accurate summary of the health history of an individual by gathering data from many sources and making this information accessible online to anyone who has the authorization to view the information.
The information contained in a PHR will come from different healthcare providers (doctor, dentist, physio-therapists, …), but it is maintained and managed by the individual
PHR allows patients to store and access their health information electronically. PHR helps an individual plan and document any care or treatment he/she is receiving. PHRs have the potential to give individuals more control over their health information — collecting, using, and sharing it as they see fit.
Uses and Benefits of PHR:
- Collect and store patient information;
- Collect and store information from a patient’s health care provider;
- Convert clinical information into more easily understood language;
- Describe to patients ways to improve their health based on their information;
- Make it possible for patients to take action on their information;
- Track appointments, vaccinations, and other services;
- Improve the quality of care you they receive;
- Provide timely information when receiving emergency care and ensure access to vital health information;
- Reduce costs by eliminating duplicate tests
In general, PHRs contain the following types of health information:
- allergies and adverse drug reactions
- chronic diseases
- family history
- illnesses and hospitalizations
- imaging reports (e.g. x-ray)
- immunization records
- laboratory test results
- medications and dosing including over the counter medications and herbal remedies
- surgeries and other procedures
- and Observations of Daily Living (ODLs)
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