Personal Health RecordsConsider the PHRs of today. Patient-accessible health records are currently web-based and have seen little consumer use when compared to the total U.S. population. The VA has had notable success with its veterans logging on; however, other web-based portals have struggled. GoogleHealth, a free PHR site, shut its services down effective January of 2012 citing too few and inconsistent users to maintain the site.PHRs can eliminate the plethora of patient charts and help to assimilate a lifetime of medical documentation. What do you think will motivate society to fully embrace these electronic resources?To prepare:• Reflect on the information presented in the Learning Resources, focusing on personal health records and patient portals as used by the VA.• • Consider your personal and professional experiences with personal health records and patient portals.• • What benefits, concerns, and challenges do these types of systems bring to the health care profession? How might they influence your professional practice and your patient’s health outcomes?
In response to the continuous changes in health care today, nurses are charged with staying well informed on many rapidly evolving aspects of patient care.