In this era of high medical costs, constrained resources, and outcome accountability, the PHR has emerged as a potential organizing principle. The PHR may mean different things to different people. On one extreme, the PHR exists as a provider-centric extension of the electronic medical record that includes a physician-maintained problem list, medication and allergy list, upcoming appointments, and recent test result summary.1 On the other extreme, the PHR may comprise a patient-centric, patient-maintained summary of health-related matters, even specifying advanced directives.2
Rudd P, Frei T. How Personal Is the Personal Health Record? Comment on “The Digital Divide in Adoption and Use of a Personal Health Record”. Arch Intern Med. 2011;171(6):575–576. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2011.35
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