Currently, nearly all health care institutions in the Netherlands employ patient portals to help engage and empower patients. Yet, the fragmented landscape of incompatible portals hampers patient engagement. The implementation of national personal health records (PHRs) could help to resolve this. PHRs are websites or apps in which all relevant medical data of all health care providers involved are collected. PHRs are managed by patients. The Netherlands has adopted a free-market model, in which private companies develop PHRs and the government acts as a controlling body. Although PHRs can ultimately aid shared-decision making and patient participation, several challenges have to be overcome. How are safety and privacy taken into consideration? How will PHRs change the communication between patients and health care providers? Can we standardize and integrate all relevant patient information? And finally, how can we make PHRs understandable and easy-to-use for all patients, especially those with lower health literacy?
|Translated title of the contribution
|Personal health records: a promising tool?
|Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde
|Published - 16 Mar 2023