PHR (Personal Health Record)

Personal health record abbreviated as PHR refers to a tool that one can use for the purpose of collecting, tracking and sharing information about the current and past about your health. The paper will therefore in full capacity give the pros and cons of having a personal health record (PHR). Lastly, the paper will give whether the patient portal is preferable and why.


From the use of personal health records, individuals do limit persons who can visit their personal health records online, therefore, a great deal for the patient. The second advantage is limiting the amount of personal information accessible to people. Third the use of PHR also leads to many different types of individuals reaching your information which includes your physician, pharmacists, and more so the insurance company. Lastly, it is of more significance since the doctor, or rather the health practitioner can access the PHR online anytime it is required.


From the use of the PHR, we find that there are no federal laws enforced stopping people from selling or sharing personal health records to marketing agencies without the consent of the patient. The other disadvantage that articulates is that it is damn expensive for its implementation into the health care facility since it approximately costs $30,000. Lastly, it has been noted that privacy settings in a personal health record (PHR) has not been developed fully.

Would you prefer a patient portal, and why?

I would prefer a patient portal in the health sector in that the implementation has benefited both provider workflow and patient care in health care industry. Just to give the benefits, we get that call volume has drastically gone down as the patients use the portals.

Work cited

Kim, M. I., & Johnson, K. B. (2002). Personal health records. American Medical Informatics Association Journal, 9(2), 171-180.

Tang, P. C., Ash, J. S., Bates, D. W., Overhage, J. M., & Sands, D. Z. (2006). Personal health records: definitions, benefits, and strategies for overcoming barriers to adoption. American Medical Informatics Association Journal, 13(2), 121-126.

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