The evolution, use, and effects of integrated personal health records: A narrative review

In this open-access article from the journal electronic Journal of Health Informatics, Caroline Zieth et al. attempt to summarize 52 different papers on the evolution, use, and effects of personal health records. Their conclusion? “PHR systems that account for patient’s needs and skills can facilitate their adoption. Common barriers are avoidable when patients receive adequate guidance on useful features as well as technical support. When implemented effectively, PHRs can increase patient participation in health management, and improve patient-physician communication and health related decision making.”

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