Public health in an era of personal health records: opportunities for innovation and new partnerships.
Summary of "Public health in an era of personal health records: opportunities for innovation and new partnerships."
In the near future, citizens will be able to control and manage their own health information through electronic personal health record systems and tools. The clinical benefits of this innovation, such as cost savings, error reduction, and improved communication, have been discussed in the literature and public forums, as have issues related to privacy and confidentiality. Receiving little attention are the benefits these will have for public health. The benefits and potential for innovation are broad and speak directly to core public health functions such as health monitoring, outbreak management, empowerment, linking to services, and research. Coupled with this is a new relationship with citizens as key partners in protecting and promoting the public's health.
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Medical and Biotech [MESH] Definitions
American Public Health Association
Professional organization concerned with issues affecting personal and environmental health, including federal and state funding for health programs, programs related to chronic and infectious diseases, and professional education in public health.
Health Records, Personal
Longitudinal patient-maintained records of individual health history and tools that allow individual control of access.
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Students, Public Health
Individuals enrolled in a school of PUBLIC HEALTH or a formal educational program in public health.
National Center For Health Statistics (u.s.)
A center in the PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE which is primarily concerned with the collection, analysis, and dissemination of health statistics on vital events and health activities to reflect the health status of people, health needs, and health resources.
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