Feature: The Power and Potential of Personal Health Records - RWJF: "What are Personal Health Records (PHRs)? How are they related to Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) and Electronic Health Records (EHRs)? What is the role for PHRs in the landscape of health information technology (HIT)? What are Observations of Daily Living (ODLs), and how will this new kind of health information lead to healthier decisions and better health outcomes? What do all these acronyms mean for patients, doctors, and caregivers?
The purpose of this Web feature is to provide a new and enriched context for the body of work on personal health records funded by the Pioneer Portfolio and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. After five years of funding PHR-related work, the Pioneer Portfolio has acquired a substantial corpus of reports, podcasts, e-primers, and blog posts concerning personal heath records. The Pioneer Portfolio has worked with several organizations in this space, and each product highlighted in this collection represents the hard work and creativity of various grantees over the span of five years. When considered as a whole, however, this collection presents a more powerful and compelling portrait of personal health records than any one free-standing report possibly could."