New AHRQ Handbook Promotes Interactive Preventive Health Records
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announced July 16 the release of a new handbook, which the federal agency says provides practical steps for health care professionals to follow when integrating interactive preventive health records (IPHRs).
“An Interactive Preventive Care Record: A Handbook for Using Patient-Centered Personal Health Records to Promote Prevention” is based on lessons learned from implementation using electronic health records (EHRs) from three different vendors at 14 different practices.
In a randomized trial of IPHRs, researchers found that IPHR users were more likely to be up-to-date on all preventive services compared with non-users, especially in the areas of screening tests and immunizations. The study findings showed that an IPHR and similar systems could improve patient outcomes, such as the delivery of evidence-based preventive care.