Personal Health Records
A personal health record (PHR) is an electronic application used by patients to maintain and manage their health information in a private, secure, and confidential environment. PHRs are applications that are managed by patients and are separate from the medical record or patient portal of their provider. PHRs can help patients securely and confidentially store and monitor health information, such as diet plans or data from home monitoring systems, as well as diagnosis lists, medication lists, allergy lists, immunization histories, and much more.
Many types of PHRs are used to track medications, allergies, conditions, immunizations, procedures, clinical visits, as well as family history. Laboratory and radiology results, insurance information, provider lists, demographic information, home monitoring results, advance directives/living wills and general information are also often stored in PHRs.
Benefits of personal health records (PHRs)
A PHR can keep all of a patient’s information on appointments, medications, allergies and history in one secure place helping patients manage their health more efficiently.
Access to your health information is available at all times, making it easier for you or your provider to share information with a new provider (for instance, if you need medical treatment while traveling or are referred to another provider).
An online PHR can provide access to a patient’s medication lists, allergies and other critical information which can be very helpful when traveling or in an emergency.
A PHR can help patients be more engaged in the health with ready access to their medications, test results and history. This increased patient engagement improvise overall quality.