Healthcare providers have always relied on information patients bring to their appointments, either in a verbal interview or in the paper records they carry with them. As patients begin to use personal health records (PHRs), HIM professionals can help promote their integration by readying their organizations with the appropriate policies and procedures.
This article updates a survey first administered in 2007 on the current state of PHRs in an effort to identify current processes (or lack thereof) and to determine which of these processes best address the significant issues in the PHR.1 HIM professionals in Missouri, Florida, Georgia, and Pennsylvania were surveyed via e-mail. Approximately 230 people took part.
Burrington-Brown, Jill, Marsha Dolan, Margaret Hennings, Heidi Shaffer, Ruth Walker, and Julie Wolter. “The current state of PHRs.” Journal of AHIMA 80, no. 6 (June 2009): 59-60.