Personal Health Record Service (PHRS) is an e-health solution
designed to eliminate the problems associated with paper-based medical record
management on the patient side. Provided by Speaking IT Canada, in collaboration
with SITNigeria, PHRS offers users robust ways to securely capture, store
and self-manage their medical information, for easy retrieval during consults
and particularly during emergencies, when a comprehensive medical information
is of utmost importance. Most importantly, PHRS enables users to actively
participate in their health care by giving them the control of their own medical
record management , which results in better care.
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FAQ1 – What is eHealth?
eHealth simply means healthcare services provided electronically via the Internet.
In other words, it is a relatively recent healthcare practice supported by
electronic processes and communication.
FAQ2 – What does eHealth literacy mean?
One of our objectives is to bring about eHealth literacy to the teeming population
of Nigeria and that of the entire sub-Saharan Africa. According to C. D. Norman
and H. A. Skinner (2006) in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, eHealth
literacy is “the ability to seek, find, understand, and appraise health
information from electronic sources and apply knowledge gained to addressing
or solving a health problem."
FAQ3 - In what forms does eHealth exist?
eHealth exists in different forms which incorporate a range of services or
systems that are premised on healthcare and IT. Some of these forms are:
1. Electronic health record (EHR): enabling the communication of patient data
between different healthcare professionals (general practitioners, specialists,
2. Personal health record (PHR): enabling the patient to maintain his health
data and other private and confidential information related to his care. He
alone has access to both data and information which he can only share with
the parties he authorizes, e.g. his healthcare providers.
3. ePrescribing: access to prescribing options, printing prescriptions to
patients and sometimes electronic transmission of prescriptions from doctors
4. Clinical decision support system: providing information electronically
about protocols and standards for healthcare professionals to use in diagnosing
and treating patients.
5. Telemedicine: physical and psychological diagnosis and treatments at a
distance, including telemonitoring of patients’ functions.
6. Consumer health informatics: use of electronic resources on medical topics
by healthy individuals or patients.
7. Health knowledge management: e.g. in an overview of latest medical journals,
best practice guidelines or epidemiological tracking (examples include physician
resources such as Medscape and MDLinx).
8. Virtual healthcare teams: consisting of healthcare professionals who collaborate
and share information on patients through digital equipment (for transmural
9. mHealth or m-Health: includes the use of mobile devices in collecting
aggregate and patient-level health data, providing healthcare information
to practitioners, researchers, and patients, real-time monitoring of patient
vitals, and direct provision of care (via mobile telemedicine).
10. Health informatics / healthcare information systems: also often refer
to software solutions for appointment scheduling, patient data management,
work schedule management and other administrative tasks surrounding health.
FAQ4 – What is the full meaning of PHRS and how can I define it
to family and friends?
PHRS is an abbreviation for Personal Health Record Service. It is a digital
service that enables a patient to maintain his health data and other information
related to his care. The data and information so kept by the patient constitute
his Personal Health Record (PHR).
FAQ5 – In a nutshell, could you let me know the intention of PHR?
The intention of PHR is to provide a complete and accurate summary of an
individual's medical history. The health data on a PHR might include patient-reported
outcome data, lab results, and data from devices such as wireless electronic
weighing scales or (collected passively) from a smartphone.
FAQ6 – How would you want me to define PHR?
Actually, PHR has a couple of definitions. Some healthcare organizations
began in the early 2000s to propose formal definitions of PHR. For example:
a) PHR is an Internet-based set of tools that allows people to access and
coordinate their lifelong health information and make appropriate parts of
it available to those who need it. PHRs offer an integrated and comprehensive
view of health information, including information people generate themselves
such as symptoms and medication use, information from doctors such as diagnoses
and test results, and information from their pharmacies and insurance companies.
—Source: Markle Foundation's Personal Health Working Group, Connecting
for Health (2003)
b) PHR is an electronic, universally available, lifelong resource of health
information needed by individuals to make health decisions. Individuals own
and manage the information in the PHR, which comes from healthcare providers
and the individual. The PHR is maintained in a secure and private environment,
with the individual determining rights of access. The PHR is separate from
and does not replace the legal record of any provider.
—Source: American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)
e-HIM PHR Work Group (2005)
c) PHR is a private, secure web-based tool maintained by an insurer that
contains claims and administrative information. PHRs may also include information
that is entered by consumers themselves, as well as data from other sources
such as pharmacies, labs, and care providers. PHRs enable individual patients
and their designated caregivers to view and manage health information and
play a greater role in their own health care.
FAQ7 – What range of data and information can PHRS contain?
—Source: America's Health Insurance Plans (2006)
PHRS can contain a diverse range of data and information, including (but
not limited to) the following:
FAQ8 – What are the methods by which data can arrive in a PHR?
• Allergies and adverse drug reactions
• Chronic diseases
• Family medical history
• Illnesses and hospitalizations
• Imaging reports (e.g. X-ray)
• Laboratory test results
• Medications and dosing
• Prescription record
• Surgeries and other procedures
• Observations of daily living (ODLs)
There are two methods by which data can arrive in a PHR. A patient may enter
it directly, either by typing into fields or uploading/transmitting data from
a file or another website. The second is when the PHR is tethered to an electronic
health record, which automatically updates the PHR. Not all PHRs have the
same capabilities, and individual PHRs may support one or all of these methods.
FAQ9 – Are there value-added PHR services? If yes, what are they?
Yes, in addition to storing an individual's personal health information,
there are value-added PHR services such as drug-drug interaction checking,
electronic messaging between patients and providers, managing appointments,
FAQ10 – What are the benefits of PHRS?
a) To the patient:
i) It grants him access to a wide range of health information sources, best
medical practices, and health knowledge.
ii) All of his medical records are stored in one place instead of paper-based
files in various doctors’ offices.
iii) Upon encountering a medical condition, he can better access test results,
communicate with their doctors, and share information with others suffering
iv) It offers the patient the opportunity to submit his data to his doctor’s/clinician’s
EHR (see FAQ3 above for the meaning of EHR).
b) To the healthcare provider:
FAQ11 – How much is the Subscription?
i) Helps clinicians to make better treatment decisions by providing more continuous
data, resulting in improved efficiency in care.
ii) It has the potential to help clinicians to analyze an individual’s
health profile and identify health threats and improvement opportunities based
on an analysis of drug interaction, current best medical practices, gaps in
current medical care plans, and identification of medical errors.
iii) Patient illnesses can be tracked in conjunction with healthcare providers,
and early interventions can be promoted upon encountering deviation of health
iv) PHRS also makes it easier for clinicians to care for their patients by
facilitating continuous communication as opposed to episodic.
v) It eliminates communication barriers and allowing documentation flow between
patients and clinicians in a timely fashion can save time consumed by face-to-face
meetings and telephone communication.
vi) Improved communication can also ease the process for patients and caregivers
to ask questions, to set up appointments, to request refills and referrals,
and to report problems.
vii) In the case of an emergency PHRS can quickly provide critical information
to proper diagnosis or treatment.
There are two types of accounts - Free Account and Premium Account. Both accounts enjoy the main functionalities of PHRS, with a few reserved for Premium Account. The main difference between the two is that the Free account does not qualify for reseller/commission payments.
PHRS Premium costs $2 per month and enables users to earn commissions on referrals and sales of premium accounts. Users can get a free PHRS Premium trial to try it out for a month, to give them a good idea of how the features will help them in their quest to generate income. Its good to keep in mind that many of the benefits are long-term, though.
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FAQ12 – Who Should Pay for PHRS?
Needless to say, the primary beneficiaries are the users. However, the subscriber
may or may not be the user. In the event that the subscriber is not the user,
he is the secondary beneficiary. For example Company XYZ may decide to subscribe
for its employees. XYZ is the secondary beneficiary whilst the employees (or
users elsewhere who wish to subscribe for themselves) are the primary beneficiaries.
FAQ13– Is there any help for the unemployed?
In addition to being a free service, PHRS offers users a unique opportunity
to generate income through referrals. With our liberal commission structure,
participating users are able to generate substantial monthly income while
making a difference in the lives of others. Click
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