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J Med Pract Manage. 2005 Nov-Dec;21(3):147-52.

Personal health records.

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  • 1Decision Systems Group, Brigham and Women's Hospital, USA.


Nationwide, momentum is growing to provide patients with computer tools called personal health records (PHRs). These allow patients to participate in their own healthcare management by viewing, editing, or discussing their own medical data. Historically, PHRs targeted consumers, but contemporary PHRs are increasingly aimed at providers and payers. This article reviews the types of PHRs that are currently available, discusses the PHR functionalities that offer the best value for a medical practice, and provides strategies for making purchasing decisions.

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