What is a personal health record?
A personal health record (PHR) is an electronic application used by patients to maintain and manage their health information in a private, secure, and confidential environment. PHRs:
- Are managed by patients
- Can include information from a variety of sources, including health care providers and patients themselves
- Can help patients securely and confidentially store and monitor health information, such as diet plans or data from home monitoring systems, as well as patient contact information, diagnosis lists, medication lists, allergy lists, immunization histories, and much more
- Are separate from, and do not replace, the legal record of any health care provider
- Are distinct from portals that simply allow patients to view provider information or communicate with providers
Properly designed and implemented, PHRs can help patients manage their health information and become full partners in the quest for good health.
Personal Health Record Definitions
PHRs can be defined in many ways. For more PHR definitions, see the following resources.
- Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: Personal Health Records (PHRs)
- American Health Information Management Association: Personal Health Records
- Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society: PHRs and Patient Portals
For More Information
For more information on PHRs, see the following resources.