The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released a guide on the use of personal health records to bolster preventive care. The agency also issued a request for information on the use of IT to measure care quality.
The guide — developed by Virginia Commonwealth University researchers — is based on three studies that evaluated the use of PHRs in preventive care.
The 28-page guide focuses on interactive preventive health records, or IPHR, a specialty type of PHR that is designed to work as part of a physician practice’s electronic health record system. The guide says that PHRs can improve the use of preventive health services by providing patients with:
Evidence-based recommendations tailored to individual risk factors;
Reminders when preventive services are due;
Guidance for inconsistent recommendations; and
Tools to aid in decision-making.
The guide offers general information about IPHRs, as well as advice for:
Selecting a vendor;
Implementing the technology;
Training staff; and
Maintaining effective use of the technology
Link to guide:
See on www.ihealthbeat.org