AHRQ Offers Guidance on Implementation of Preventive Health Records

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released a new handbook that offers practical guidance on the implementation of interactive preventive health records.

In an article published in the Annals of Family Medicine, researchers found that patients who used IPHRs were more likely to be up-to-date on all preventive services compared with nonusers, especially in the areas of screening tests and immunizations. The study results suggest that IPHRs and similar systems can improve patient outcomes and population health.

An Interactive Preventive Care Record: A Handbook for Using Patient-Centered Personal Health Records to Promote Prevention provides practical steps for healthcare professionals to follow when integrating IPHRs as components of electronic health records.

Visit the AHRQ website for more information on the handbook.

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