What is a PHR?
PHR is short for 'Personal Health Record'. A Personal Health
Record is more than just a copy of all your medical information, collected from
all of your doctors, hospitals, and health insurance providers etc. It also
contains all of the other information which is so important to your health that
doctors are usually unaware of - like your dietary habits, sleeping habits,
activities (such as smoking, or skydiving), your symptoms, and reactions to
medications, etc. It contains anything YOU want. A good PHR - like
HealthFrame - will allow you to leverage this information in myriad
ways to help improve your health.
The PHR has several distinct attributes:
Each person controls his or her own PHR. Individuals decide which parts of
their PHR can be accessed, by whom and for how long.
PHRs contain information from one's entire lifetime.
PHRs contain information from all health care providers.
PHRs are accessible from any place at any time.
PHRs are private and secure.
PHRs are 'transparent'. Individuals can see who entered each piece of data,
where it was transferred from and who has viewed it.
PHRs permit easy exchange of information with other health information systems
and health professionals.