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Thursday, April 29, 2010 | Sarah Dietze

AARP’s 2007 Global Report on Aging explores both personal and electronic health records from a domestic and an international perspective.

According to Helen Hopkins, the Executive Director of the Consumers’ Health Forum of Australia, “Many health consumers see the value of an electronic health record to keep track of their own health information. In addition, consumers who frequently use the health system know how easy it is for something to go wrong.”

The study outlines three types of PHRs: independent, isolated, and patient portal:

Independent PHRs are controlled by the patient and include patient entries.

Isolated PHRs allow patients to exchange information with the system, but not with other sources (doctors, hospitals, etc.).

Patient Portals allow direct communication with physicians and providers.

The best part about an independent PHR is that you can start one with just two tools: pen and paper. European-level health technology may not have arrived yet, but you can still get started today and begin communicating with your doctor offline.

Tags   healthinformation, technology, communication, seniors

About This Blog

PHRs are still fairly new to the healthcare system, and we understand that as healthcare consumers, you have questions about the benefits and risks of keeping a PHR. For this reason, we provide a communication forum – the Seniors’ Blog – to connect you with health information management professionals for tips and advice on creating and maintaining your own PHR. This section of also provides resources and educational material about PHRs to answer some of your questions and help you determine if a PHR is right for you.

Blog Contributors

Marsha Dolan, Valerie Watzlaf, Cindy Boester, Heidi Shaffer, Julie Wolter, Margaret Hennings, Colleen Goethals, Vera Rulon, Leah Grebner, Robert Caban, Mynilma Olivera-Vazquez, Amanda Bushey, Margie Kelly, Donna DuLong, Sarah Dietze, Valisha McFarlane, Maria Kovell, Ted Eytan, Leann Reynolds, Laura Heuer, Kristin Stewart, Derek Allen, Chris Matthies, Margo Corbett, Craig Newmark, Sarah Buelterman, Skyler Tanner, Aniruddha Malpani, Joan Malling, Marilyn McFarlane, Megan Rooney, Patrick Rhone, Dr. Carrie Nelson, Maria Bouselli, Erin Jordan


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