Personal health records as portal to the electronic medical record

J Neurooncol. 2014 Mar;117(1):1-6. doi: 10.1007/s11060-013-1333-x. Epub 2014 Jan 30.


This topic review discusses the evolving clinical challenges associated with the implementation of electronic personal health records (PHR) that are fully integrated with electronic medical records (EMR). The benefits of facilitating patient access to the EMR through web-based, PHR-portals may be substantial; foremost is the potential to enhance the flow of information between patient and healthcare practitioner. The benefits of improved communication and transparency of care are presumed to be a reduction in clinical errors, increased quality of care, better patient-management of disease, and better disease and symptom comprehension. Yet PHR databases allow patients open access to newly-acquired clinical data without the benefit of concurrent expert clinical interpretation, and therefore may create the potential for greater patient distress and uncertainty. With specific attention to neuro-oncology patients, this review focuses on the developing conflicts and consequences associated with the use of a PHR that parallels data acquisition of the EMR in real-time. We conclude with a discussion of recommendations for implementing fully-integrated PHR for neuro-oncology patients.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Communication
  • Delivery of Health Care / methods
  • Electronic Health Records*
  • Health Information Management / methods*
  • Health Records, Personal*
  • Humans
  • Internet
  • Medical Oncology / methods
  • Neurology / methods
  • Patient Access to Records
  • Patient Preference