Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Personal Health Records

ersonal Health Records: " The notion of keeping personal health records to facilitate access to healthcare services is not new—a Harris Interactive poll found that 42 percent of adults maintained some sort of personal or family records. But keeping those records electronically is another matter. Of the survey respondents who kept records, only 13 percent did so electronically. Concerns about privacy and accuracy deter many patients from utilizing PHRs despite their potential benefits to patient and provider alike, including more efficient care delivery, improved patient-provider relationships, cost savings through improved documentation, and increased patient safety. As personal health information portability becomes an increasingly crucial component of healthcare quality, a growing number of providers are looking to PHRs as the best way to make health information interoperable and secure."

An excellent overview of the options and obstacles with the PHR today.

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