Care Transitions Series: Personal Health Record (PHR)

Part II:  Understanding the Personal Health Record in Care Transitions

A Personal Health Record, commonly referred to as a PHR, is a patient-centered document containing key information needed to help facilitate care transitions.  Key elements of the PHR include:

  • Patient demographic information
  • Caregiver information
  • Patient medical history
  • Hospital/discharge checklist
  • Doctor visit record & space for doctor visit Q&As
  • Vital sign and lab results
  • Patient medication record

The Care Transition Coach helps the patient fill in important details of the PHR and encourages the patient to use this vital intervention tool to facilitate and improve communication with his or her physicians and healthcare providers.  The PHR is a tool for the patient and entire care team to utilize for optimal patient care management and reduction of avoidable hospital admissions.

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