Personal health records
Personal health records (PHRs) are another great way to open the lines of communication with your patients. Figure 15-2 shows a personal health record.
A PHR is a tool that operates independently of your practice’s EHR; however, it can work with your EHR. Owned and managed by the patient, the PHR can include any information from a clinical setting that the patient wants in the record. Ideally, a PHR allows patients to collect, store, manage, and share their personal health information with physicians, specialists, and designated caregivers while retaining its portability. Whether a patient has new insurance, switches physicians, or changes jobs, his or her PHR information should remain the same and offer the same accessibility.
PHRs can help patients manage the following types of information:
Problem list and diagnoses list
Diagnostic test results
Procedures and surgeries
Doctor/hospital visit history
Family medical history
Remote monitoring data