HealthIT - Personal Health Record (PHR)

Overview

The goal of the Personal Health Record (PHR) component of the TEFT grant is to select offer and demonstrate the use of PHRs with consumers receiving community based long term services and support. A PHR is an electronic application used by patients to maintain and manage their health information in a private, secure, and confidential environment.
 
PHRs:
  • Are managed by patients
  • Can include information from a variety of sources, including health care providers and patients themselves
  • Can help patients securely and confidentially store and monitor health information, such as diet plans or data from home monitoring systems, as well as patient contact information, diagnosis lists, medication lists, allergy lists, immunization histories, and much more
  • Are separate from, and do not replace, the legal record of any health care provider
  • Are distinct from portals that simply allow patients to view provider information or communicate with providers
  • Properly designed and implemented, PHRs can help patients manage their health information and become full partners in the quest for good health.
What is a Personal Health Record?
 
A personal health record (PHR) is an electronic application used by patients to maintain and manage their health information. PHR’s are:
  • Personalized: The information in your PHR is what YOU decide to include, you chose the information that is most important to managing your health.
  • Secure: No one will have access to your health information without you disclosing it to them.
  • Portable: Access your health records from any computer or portable device with your username and password.
  • Easy to Use: Patients have the ability to manage and annotate their records on the spot.
  • Informative: The information you choose to include can come from a variety of sources such as primary care physicians, specialists, patients, and personal monitoring devices
 
What kind of information goes into a PHR?
 
The following could potentially be included in a PHR:
  • Blood Type
  • Emergency Contacts
  • Dates of Appointments and Results
  • Tests and Screening Results
  • Major Illnesses and Surgeries
  • Medications, Supplements and Dosages
  • Allergies
  • Chronic Diseases
  • History of Family Illness

 

 

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