The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has issued a free online guidance document to using personal health records to promote preventive care.

The agency funded development of the guide by the Department of Family Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University and regional delivery systems and physician practices. The guide covers using PHRs to promote prevention, preparing a practice for the initiative, and implementing and sustaining use of the PHR. Steps in the guide also apply to using a PHR to promote chronic disease management, according to authors.The report focuses on a specific type of PHR, an “Interactive Preventive Health Record,” but its guidance also is intended for traditional PHRs.

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