ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS

PATIENT CENTERED ELECTRONIC MEDICAL RECORDS

In broad terms, patient-centered care is a model in which healthcare providers partner with patients and their families to identify and satisfy the full range of needs and preferences. Patients in-turn have full access and control over their health and treatment records. The IOM (Institute of Medicine) defines patient-centered care as: "Providing care that is respectful of and responsive to individual patient preferences, needs, and values, and ensuring that patient values guide all clinical decisions." Among the major attributes of patient-centered healthcare are coordination, communication and empowerment through the use of a Patient Portal. A patient portal is a secure online website that gives patients convenient 24-hour access to personal health information from anywhere with an internet connection.

Patient-Centered Health Records, in broad terms, is a model in which doctors partner with patients and their families to identify and satisfy a full range of needs and preferences. Patients have full access and control over their health and treatment records. The IOM (Institute of Medicine) defines patient-centered care as: "Providing care that is respectful of and responsive to individual patient preferences, needs, and values, and ensuring that patient values guide all clinical decisions."

Electronic personal health record systems address that problem by making personal health record accessible anytime via a Web-enabled device. Important to note that personal health records (PHR), are not the same as electronic health records (EHR), or electronic medical records (EMR), which are owned and operated by doctors and controlled solely by their staff, hospitals or health insurance plans.


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