TETHERED PHR AND INTEROPERABLE PHR

A Personal health record (PHR) is a tool used to collect, track and share past and current about your health or the health of someone in your care.

PHR’s are categorized into two types based on its data ownership and control

1) Tethered PHR

  • Linked to EHR of multiple providers
  • Provider owns and manages patient information
  • Extension of the provider’s health system EMR
  • Allows the patient to view information stored in EMR
  • Allows the patient to communicate via email or online appointment systems
  • Patients cannot share information electronically with outside providers
  • Patients cannot import and integrate their data from external sources

2) Interoperable PHR

  • Patient owns and manages his own health information
  • Stored in a central repository, accessible to all on consent
  • Electronic linkages with multiple providers, health systems and pharmacies
  • Integrated with provider’s health system EMR
  • Easily accessible and controllable
  • Patients can share information electronically with outside providers
  • Patients can import and integrate their data from external sources

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