What is a PHR and how can it benefit children’s health?
A personal health record is defined as an electronic application through which individuals can maintain and manage their health information (and that of others for whom they are authorized) in a private, secure, and confidential environment. The Markle Foundation’s Connecting for Health’s Phase I Personal Health Working Group envisioned the following qualities for an ideal PHR:
These qualities would be included in the ideal PHR, but not all have been implemented into existing PHRs. For example, a goal for the future would be to provide PHRs that contain a comprehensive record of a patient’s history that can easily, safely, and privately be exchanged. Additionally, these qualities must be adapted so that they are relevant to PHRs to be used in the pediatric setting.
Once adapted to fit the needs of the pediatric patients and families, the PHR can facilitate delivery of and quality improvement in children’s health. The Children’s Partnership notes that the PHR can improve children’s health by enabling information to become more mobile, networked, and accessible and by augmenting the delivery of care from providers in a way that improves and expands upon existing methods to communicate health information. A presentation from the National Institute for Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ) and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital also mentions that the use of a PHR in pediatrics can encourage more coordination of care, help patients manage their conditions, and enable patients and families to expand their health knowledge.
An Introduction to Personal Health Records - American Academy of Family Physicians
Personal Health Records Definition and Position Statement - Health Information Management and Systems Society
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