Health Organizations Offer Brochures Aiming To Boost Usage of PHRs

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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