Personal Health Records is a growingconcept about keeping the patients and their families informed. It is a fast-growingconcept that has shown many positive patient outcomes. “Personal health records(PHRs) offer a tremendous opportunity to generate consumer support in pursingthe triple aim of reducing costs, increasing access, and improving carequality.
Moreover, surveys in the United States indicate that consumers wantWeb-based access to their medical records (Ford EW, 2013). The purpose of PHRis to provide patients with the most update information about their health. Itcan also save patients money by not having to repeat routine tests otherdoctors may order. Many of the PHR available to patients give the patients morethan just their test results and records. They can record vital information andlog their blood sugars, blood pressures, heart rates, and diets.
Some systemseven can send a message to a doctor which would save time and money and avoid adoctor’s visit. PHR are not only valuable to patients and doctors, but tonurses as well. As nurses it is extremely beneficial to be able to have themost update information on the patient we are taking care of. It can save timefrom getting records from another hospital, and helps when family members areunsure of all their tests and medical history of their loved ones.
Exampleof Personal Health Records We live in a world today wherealmost everyone has technology available 24/7, and people want to be able toaccess all their information any time they need it. Personal Health Records isan amazing technology that greatly increases patient outcomes. Almost every health system has their ownversion of a Personal Health Record. There are several different types ofPHR’s. There is the basic PHR that contains the patient’s basic informationsuch as, doctor’s name, past medical history, list of allergies, advancedirectives, and current medications. The PHR can be updated by the patient withany changes in their medicines or personal information. The second type is called patient portals.This is more in depth PHR that is linked with the patients Electronic HealthRecord.
With the patient portal, patients can access their lab work, testresults, and summaries of hospital or ER visits. Some patient portals even cantrack the patients blood pressures, so the doctor can access to look for anytrends. Patient portals are extremely beneficial to patients who see multipledoctors. It gives the patient all their information in one place, and allowsdoctors to access this information as well.PersonalExperience I have used Personal Health Recordsfor my personal and professional life. I was fortunate to have access topatient portal through my health care system when I experienced issues throughmy first pregnancy. I had multiple issues during this pregnancy which led me tohave a placental abruption at 27 weeks, and was flown to a hospital out of myhealth care system. On arrival to this hospital, I was able to pull up mypatient portal for the doctors to have quick access to my past health recordsand come up with the best plan of care for my child and myself.
The hospitalcould have gotten access to my records, but it saved valuable time for them tohave the information right away. In my professional life I have dealtwith patient portals multiple times. Working on a stroke unit we deal withpatient’s needing MRI’s to diagnosis a stroke almost every day. Usually this isnot a problem until we discover a patient has had a heart stent placed and needto make sure that the stent is compatible with the MRI machine. Most patientscare their stent information cards, but I have experienced several patients whohave lost them and are unsure what type of stents they have. Typically, we waitto get the information sent from the hospital the procedure was performed at,but in emergency situations we can use patient portals to access thisinformation much quicker. The only downside to PHR’s is that everyhealth care system has their own system and it is not shared by all.
Many patientssee multiple doctors and they may belong to different health care systems, so notall the patient’s information will be included in their patient portal. When thisoccurs, patients are left with an incomplete health record, and are not able toaccess all their test results.ConclusionPatient Health Records are an amazing toolavailable to provide the best outcomes for patients.
They not only benefit the patientand families, but doctors and nurses as well. This technology has been life savingfor many individuals, and has saved people time, money and stress.