Personal health records

Zebadiah Kimmel, Robert A. Greenes, Eric Liederman

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Nationwide, momentum is growing to provide patients with computer tools called personal health records (PHRs). These allows patients to participate in their healthcare management by viewing, editing, or discussing their own medical data. Historically, PHRs targeted consumers, but contemporary PHRs are increasingly aimed at providers and payers. This article reviews the types of PHRs that are currently available, discusses the PHR functionalities that offer the best value for a medical practice, and provides strategies for making purchasing decisions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)147-152
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Medical Practice Management
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005



  • EMR
  • Electronic medical records
  • PHR
  • Patient-provider cornmunication
  • Personal health information
  • Personal health record
  • Physician reimbursement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy

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Kimmel, Z., Greenes, R. A., & Liederman, E. (2005). Personal health records. Journal of Medical Practice Management, 21(3), 147-152.