Nursing Informatics: Personal Health Records

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Nursing Informatics Paper: Personalized Health Records Karen Richards. Galen College of Nursing CSC 102 Instructor Christopher Machel MS, ISM October 30, 2009 Personalized Health Record (PMR). Personal Health Record (PHR) is a collection of information about an individual’s health or health care services (e.g., provider visits, hospital visits, medical conditions, and personal notes). Personal health record can be in paper format (e.g., records kept at home provider office) or in an electronic format (e.g., records stored on the computer or on the internet). Millions of patients already use (PHRs), even though most U.S. patients and their physicians still live in the world of paper medical record (South Carolina Nurse, 2008). Paper is not practical anymore; it is expensive, takes up space and easily destroyed. It is also expensive to transport and to store. Paper makes it hard to analyze data, it is hard to track who had seen it, and can also be environmentally wasteful. The electronic format and the use of PHR is the new way medical information are stored. There are different types of personal health record (PHR) systems; the integrated PHRs which would include a network that is connected to one central data base. The network would include insurance providers, medical providers, pharmacies, laboratories, hospitals, diagnostic centers, therapy offices, and specialty equipment offices. The other type of PHR is the stand-alone versions developed by Microsoft and Google. The stand-alone PHRs often import data from sources such as administrative claims and pharmacy records, but some can also accept information from physicians' Electronic Health Records. There is also the self maintained PHR and are sometimes maintained on line. With these types of PHRs, some information can be input directly by patients. We used information

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