Electronic Personal Health Record

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ANA Position Statement - Approved 10/17/12

Statement of ANA Position: The American Nurses Association supports the development of a robust and secure electronic personal health record (PHR) maintained and kept current by the healthcare consumer or proxy. This PHR will help improve the continuity and coordination of care. The PHR will also help the healthcare consumer in making informed health decisions. This support comes with concerns that the PHR be a secure entity, only available to the consumer or their designated healthcare providers. The issues of concern include security, privacy, literacy, and the ability of the information to be accessed in different healthcare settings. These conditions must be addressed to make the PHR a useful tool in the provision of health care.