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Guidelines for Using Personal Health Records

March 14, 2012

Key healthcare organizations are joining to help take the mystery out of using personal health records (PHRs) by rolling out two new brochures to promote the understanding and use of PHRs among consumers and clinicians.

The new brochures: “Your Personal Health Record,” and “A Clinician Guide to a Personal Health Record,” will be available online at BCBS.com, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association’s Website.

PHRs are valuable online tools for making better informed health care decisions and enhancing care coordination. The brochures, which include screenshots of PHRs, user testimonials, and Q&A, were created through a collaboration of healthcare groups including the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA), the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), the American Cancer Society (ACS), the American College of Physicians (ACP), the American Diabetes Association (ADA), the American Heart Association (AHA), the American Osteopathic Association of Medical Informatics (AOAMI), and MGMA-ACMPE.

As recent reports show, when more healthcare data is available to consumers, their caregivers and doctors, it can help improve the coordination of care.

With PHRs, individual patients and their designated caregivers can take charge of their healthcare choices by viewing and managing their own health information. PHRs also enable patients to quickly and readily share healthcare information with their providers, which allows for better tracking of chronic diseases and helps their provider determine the most appropriate treatment plan.

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