An Eye on the Future: MTs as PHR Facilitators
With the rapid evolution of technology and a consumer-driven push to put patients and caregivers in the driver’s seat of their own healthcare decisions, personal health records (PHRs) are fast becoming a documentation option of choice for the American patient. It is a fundamental goal of AHDI to retool and prepare our workforce for emerging roles and contributions to healthcare delivery. Among those potential roles for MTs would be assisting patients with the preparation and maintenance of a comprehensive, high-quality personal health record. To that end, AHDI is promoting the role of PHR Facilitator as a contributory future space for the tacit knowledge and experience of medical transcriptionists. Few in healthcare delivery understand the nuances of a detailed, accurate health record the way MTs do – experts ideally suited to assist the public with PHR creation and management.
The goals of the PHR initiative are to:
- Educate the public on how to access, read, and understand their healthcare records.
- Create public awareness around the importance of healthcare documentation specialists as health record experts.
- Position MTs as PHR facilitators to assist patients with PHR creation and assembly (via paid or volunteer service).
AHDI has created this PHR Toolkit to assist members and component groups in promoting the value of a personal health record to the general public and creating a potential space for MTs to step into a facilitator’s role.
Contents of the PHR Toolkit
Links to Additional Information
Patient Privacy Rights and the PHR
Review of PHR Service Provider Market Privacy and Security
Personal Health Records Resource (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services)
Privacy and Your Health Information (Dept of Health and Human Services)
EHR/PHR Basics – Medline Plus
AHIMA’s Personal Health Record Website (MyPHR.com)
Personal Health Social Networking & Resource Sites
My Daily Apple
Patients Like Me