The Emergence of Electronic Health Records

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The Emergence of the Internet and the Need for Consumer Health Informatics (CHI)

The emergence of internet made information readily accessible. The Consumer Health Informatics (CHI) rooted, as pointed out by Kensing (11), when there was emphasis on consumers to be involved in the health care services.

Consequently, there was the potential problem of misinformation. There was a need, therefore, to create a legitimate system to access health information. The Electronic Health Records system that had taken precedence was successfully integrated. This emphasis has grown exponentially causing partnerships amongst stakeholders and IT professionals to come up with solutions that are capable of fulfilling these needs. This will come a long way in enabling consumers to be stewards of their own health and those around them.

Models of Personal Health Records

There are two models of Personal Health Records. The first, as indicated by Hoyt & Yoshihashi (215), known as the stand alone model, where the patient fills it on their own personal computers, while the tethered model is linked to a healthcare facility. These models are facilitated by applications and depending on which one, they present varying challenges.

Barriers point toward the clinician, consumer or system. Privacy being a main concern among consumers afraid of cyber-attack and limitations to access due to difficulties in navigation in the platforms or unreliable internet connectivity increases chances of poor adoption of the CHI. There are also knowledge gaps and literacy levels especially where complex medical terms are used. This may cause lack of understanding and misinterpretation of information by consumer without prior medical knowledge.

Challenges and Addressing the Needs of Different Populations

The older adults in the population might suffer most of the challenges unless support and assistance is offered to them. Some physical and cognitive disabilities pose different challenges that will need to be addressed in order for this disadvantaged can enjoy access to the CHI as well.

Works Cited

Hoyt, Robert E., and Ann K. Yoshihashi Health Informatics: Practical Guide for Healthcare and Information Technology Professionals. Informatics Education, 2014.

Kensing, Finn “Personal Health Records”. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics. Volume 180: Quality of Life through Quality of Information, 2012, pp. 9-13.

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