Introducing PHRS

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, etc.).

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 to pharmacists.

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 care).

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.
—Source: America's Health Insurance Plans (2006)

FAQ7 – What range of data and information can PHRS contain?

PHRS can contain a diverse range of data and information, including (but not limited to) the following:
• 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
• Vaccinations
• Observations of daily living (ODLs)

FAQ8 – What are the methods by which data can arrive in a PHR?

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, and reminders.

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 similarly.
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:
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 status.
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.

FAQ11 – How much is the Subscription?

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 here now to know more about this unique opportunity.

How does PHRS work?

Very simple. You create an account with an email address and you are set to go. Simply log in anytime and start adding your medical information.

Is PHRS Private?

Yes, all your documents are available only to you per our privacy policy. You control the access yourself. No one else can access your records.

Any Employment?

All PHRS Premium Account owners can earn commissions through sales. With our generous commission package, the sky is the limit!