Personal health records (PHRs) consist of medical records that the consumer collects from each of their healthcare providers, plus any health information that the consumer adds. Sharing information from the PHR with providers enables the consumer and provider to work together. Use of data in the PHR can help reduce or eliminate duplicate procedures or processes. This helps save time and healthcare dollars. It can help the consumer receive better, more coordinated healthcare. In addition, PHRs will eventually have the impact of empowering consumers as never before to make informed healthcare choices and have a positive impact on the overall cost of healthcare. This article is part of a series of unpublished essays titled A Community View on How Personal Health Records Can Improve Patient Care and Outcomes in Many Healthcare Settings, a collaborative project of Northern Illinois Physicians For Connectivity and the Coalition for Quality and Patient Safety of Chicagoland. For further information on how you can obtain copies of the complete work, contact the principle Dr. Stasia Kahn at Stash5@sbcglobal.net.
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