Health Organizations Offer Brochures Aiming To Boost Usage of PHRs

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On Tuesday, eight health care organizations released informational brochures aimed at promoting greater understanding and use of personal health records, Modern Healthcare reports (Robeznieks, Modern Healthcare, 3/14).

One set of brochures targets health care providers, and another set of brochures targets patients (Walsh, CMIO, 3/13).

The organizations that developed the brochures include the:

  • American Cancer Society;
  • American College of Physicians,
  • American Diabetes Society;
  • American Health Information Management Association;
  • American Heart Association;
  • American Osteopathic Association of Medical Informatics;
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association; and
  • Medical Group Management Association.

Brochure Details

The brochures contain information such as:

  • Descriptions of the benefits of PHRs;
  • Testimonials from PHR users;
  • Screenshots of PHRs; and
  • A glossary of terms (Goedert, Health Data Management, 3/13).

In their announcement, the groups said the brochures will "sho[w] consumers how they can use PHRs to store vital health information such as medical conditions, allergies, medications, and doctor or hospital visits in one convenient and secure place" (Modern Healthcare, 3/14).


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