Personal Health Record

3161 words 13 pages
Personal Health Record (PHRs)
Nursing Informatics
Oluwatoyin Abolarin
Dr. Randolph Schild

ABSTRACT The purpose of this paper is to generate information in regards to Personal Health Records (PHRs) in relation to the nursing profession. The emergence of PHRs came to light as a collective result of our complex set of medical needs, increasing need for timely access to health information’s without jeopardizing our privacy rights as patients, increasing advancement in technologies and pressure to reduce cost of effectively healthcare delivery.
I will be providing different definitions of PHRs, types and general features. I will support my definitions will existing literatures to show how close it is in meaning and features to
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p.26). Literature has identified 3 main types of PHRs, “these include the stand-alone formats (e.g., PC, USB drive), Web-based formats (e.g., Microsoft HealthVault, Dossia consortium), and integrated PHRs with EHRs (e.g., My HealtheVet of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs)” (Kim & Nahm, 2012). While most of the available literature favor the integrated PHRs with EHRs, studies has shown that more patients are expected to use PHRs as more physicians implement EHRs that are tethered with patients PHRs (Taha,, 2013. p. 1124).

Empowerment of consumers PHRs facilitates interaction of patients with their healthcare thereby patients are empowered by having access to their health record and can also control and manage their health information. They determine who they give access to and in what capacity and extent. Patients are also empowered by the information they can access and knowledge they develop through those information. Lee (2006) introduced a web-based PHR (Iowa PHR) containing an interactive user friendly self-assessment and nursing feedback field with an interface that allows patients to follow health condition trends. The study showed that patients were empowered by the usefulness of the information they provided to their healthcare provider through the system. Patient have a better understanding of the importance of providing


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