The information in this chapter will enable you to:
(1.0K) Understand why personal health records are becoming important to individuals in managing their own health care.
(1.0K) Understand the ways in which personal health records are more than repositories for health records.
(1.0K) Understand the advantages and disadvantages of the four major categories of personal health records.
(1.0K) Understand the barriers to the implementation of personal health records.
The Need for Personal Health Records
The Rise of Consumer-Driven Health Plans
Consumer Health Information on the Internet
The Role of Personal Health Records in Managing Health
Defining Personal Health Records
Personal Health Record Content
Types of Personal Health Record Applications
Internet-Based, Networked and Interoperable
Benefits of Networked Personal Health Records
Access to Evidence-Based Health Information
Assessment of Risk
Enhanced Communication with Providers
Empowerment of Patients
Increased Patient Safety
Improved Quality of Care
Improved Emergency Care
Potential Cost Savings
Barriers to the Implementation of Personal Health Records
Privacy and Security
After completing this chapter, you will be able to define key terms and:
Explain why consumers are being encouraged to take a more active role in their health care.
List five tools that personal health records offer that enable individuals to manage their health care.
Explain the differences among the four types of personal health records.
Explain the major advantage that a networked personal health record has over the other types of personal health records.
Describe the three major barriers to the implementation of networked personal health records.