Expert Panel Says Personal Health Records Alone are Not Sufficient to Engage Individuals to Improve Their Health and Health Care

Hosting a roundtable on navigating the intersections of electronic health records and personal health records

The Kaiser Permanente Institute for Health Policy convened a roundtable meeting to discuss ways to integrate information contained in electronic health records into "personal health records" that individuals could use to do a better job of managing their health.

The meeting, "Personal Health Records and Electronic Health Records: Navigating the Intersections," was held September 28–29, 2006 in Washington.

Key Results

  • Some 35 professionals from the public and private sector participated in the meeting.

  • Investigators prepared a background report, The Transformative Potential of Integrated Personal Health Records, to guide participants in their discussions at the roundtable.

Key Findings

  • Roundtable participants agreed that an "integrated personal health record," should:

    • Maintain a comprehensive, accurate, privacy-protected, multi-sourced record about an individual's health.
    • Provide endorsed, understandable knowledge, advice and health status data for an individual to act upon.
    • Facilitate a personalized experience, promote health and wellness and support the health care of an individual.

Key Conclusions

  • The data within an electronic personal health record alone is not sufficient to realize improvements in health and health care that can be considered transformative.

  • Significant value will be realized only when personal health records incorporate systems, tools and other resources that leverage the data in the record and engage consumers to play a more active role in their health and health care.

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