Health Information Management

Understand the details of personal health records to serve as a valuable patient resource

HIM Briefings, November 1, 2008

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This scenario is becoming increasingly common: A patient presents to the HIM department and requests copies of records to create his or her personal health record (PHR).

According to a June survey that AHIMA’s PHR practice council developed in conjunction with the Missouri Health Information Management Association, the majority of the 181 respondents indicated an increase in the frequency of patient request for copies of medical records to include in a PHR. According to the same study, 12% of respondents reported they have actually implemented a hospital-based PHR.

In times of rising insurance costs, publicly available quality data, and easily accessible health information via the Internet, it’s no surprise that patients are taking greater control as they navigate the healthcare system.

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