Personal Health Record

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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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Lee (2009) identified the concept of the PHR as those that “includes an electronic application enabling individuals to access and manage their own lifelong health information, and to share all or parts of such information with other individuals or care providers or authorized persons in a secure and confidential environment”. Looking at more literature, “The Markle Foundation’s Common Framework states that the key characteristics of a PHR are that the patient controls his or her own PHR, that the information is from the patient’s entire lifetime, the PHR contains information from all providers, is accessible from anywhere at any time, and is both private and secure” (Kannry, p. 594).
There are active debates about the power of PHRs in the literature but there are general consensus on the fact that they facilitate active interactions; for example, when patients collect and monitor daily health data e.g blood pressure, educate themselves on health information thereby increase knowledge, and challenge, inquire and probe health information especially, their own personal data.
The potential of patients actively engaging in their health and general wellness is dramatically enhanced by PHRs It is also very helpful to the community wellness, “In terms of population health, fully operationalized PHRs give epidemiologists, researchers, and policy makers vehicles
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