WHAT IS THE HRBA?
The Health Record Banking Alliance (HRBA) is a non-profit membership organization with the goal of establishing accurate, secure, and comprehensive health records that can be accessed by both patients and their health care providers under the control of the individual patient. We do not sell anything and we do not have a product. We are evaluating personal health record/health record bank services and products now and will be posting our assessments as they occur.
WHAT IS A HEALTH RECORD BANK?
A Health Record Bank (HRB) is a repository that stores a copy of the medical records that each of a patient's providers keeps in his or her office's electronic health record for that patient. The patient controls who may access which parts of the information in his or her HRB account. When patients seek care, they give permission for their health care provider to access some or all of their up-to-date health records. When care is complete, the new records from that encounter are deposited into the HRB and securely stored for future use under the patient’s control. If a consumer changes insurance, switches providers, or moves to another community, they still have all of their health records in one place, ready to inform any new provider that they might see. Providers benefit from health record banks by being able to go to just one place to learn about most or all of the patient's previous medical visits.
Modern Personal Health Records (PHRs) and Health Record Banks (HRBs) are largely the same thing. However, unlike PHRs of the past, HRBs collect and reconcile copies of professional health records for a patient in such a way that providers can rely on them as authentic as if the provider had requested records directly from each of the other providers seeing the patient. Modern PHRs and HRBs store not only copies of office medical records, but also records and diagnostic images (like X-rays, CT scans, and MRI studies) from labs, outpatient facilities, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and long-term care organizations. Consumers can also upload personally-entered data from their mobile phones and their personal and home devices for viewing alongside their professional medical records.
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