Policy on PMR’s in the health record

Policy on PMR’s in the health record

The use of Personal Health Records by patients continues to grow. Healthcare organizations are needing to develop policies on how to best leverage the use of this information for patient care in the continuum of care, this can include specific Personal Health Records maintained through an electronic system or can be actual records from other healthcare providers.

Select policies, procedures and guidelines provided for benchmarking in Module 01 under Benchmarking Resources based on appropriateness to this topic, or you may research policies, guidelines and standards on your own to use as a benchmark. Review your selected policies, procedures and guidelines and select the information after comparing those resources that you will include in your policy and write your policy on Personal Health Records.

Your policy should be sure to address the following:

  • What is a Personal Health record,
  • Is the PHR a part of the legal health record of your organization
  • How can it be used by patients, providers and organizations
  • What are the privacy, security and confidentiality issues
  • What are the management of information and ownership issues
  • What are the maintenance issues relating to PHR

One source you may want to consider is A Report Recommendation from the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics, Personal Health Records and Personal Health Record Systems.

The completed typed policy should be 2 pages. If you use a source for the policy, state the source at the end of the policy under a heading titled references.

 

 

Requirement  
Policy addresses the following:

  • What is a Personal Health record,
  • Is the PHR a part of the legal health record of your organization
  • How can it be used by patients, providers and organizations
  • What are the privacy, security and confidentiality issues
  • What are the management of information and ownership issues
  • What are the maintenance issues relating to PHR
 
Applies correct spelling, grammar, and a consistent policy format is used

 

 

This week’s focus is on personal health records (PHRs). You may have a personal health record – it could be in paper format or in electronic format. It may be something that you keep just to have a receipt of a visit or something that you use in your overall health – for example, a person with diabetes may keep lab results to track their A1C levels over the years. No matter the reason for having the PHR, it can definitely prove to be helpful in taking care of health.

For your assignment this week, you are focusing on the PHR. The assignment’s directions lists 6 key areas that your policy should focus on. Be sure to include all 6 elements within your submission.

  • What is a Personal Health record,
  • Is the PHR a part of the legal health record of your organization
  • How can it be used by patients, providers and organizations
  • What are the privacy, security and confidentiality issues
  • What are the management of information and ownership issues
  • What are the maintenance issues relating to PHR

 

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