Personal Health Records Main Concepts and Current Issues
Personal health record (PHR) is a very useful tool for patient and not to be confused as medical records. Personal health Record is electronic file or record designed to help patients manage their health information and be more involved in their health care, while a medical record is patient health record manage by healthcare providers. Over the years, as technology is progressing and the amount of healthcare providers are increasing, we found that more and more patients are participating in their health care via personal health record (Smith, 2009), which is a long way from what PHR use to be studied for. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) had funded $1.2 million grant to study the use of personal health record to help patients deal with hypertension (2008). They believed that the more engaged and involved a patient was in their health care, the more they work to better their outcome. The plan made a lot of sense even though there were a lot of disputes whether or not it would be helpful to patients, due to lack of understanding and computer access (2008). Successfully the study had shown that personal health records are in fact an effective tool to help combat not only hypertension but other chronic disease as well (2008). Until today, personal health records are still receiving an increase amount of demand in health care. According to a 2008 consumer study in Manhattan Research, around 7 million people throughout the US had used the PHR, and more than 70 million were interested in doing again (Smith, 2009), but the extent to which consumers use them will depend on how well they understand the PHR. In the July, 2008 Summer Institute in Nursing Informatics, it was discussed that “a nursing viewpoint is essential for making PHRS truly useful to consumers (Thede, 2009), which that when it comes to designing personal health record nursing perspectives are strongly considered necessary....
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