PHR, We’ve Had a Problem Here

  • Minna M. RantanenEmail author
  • Jani KoskinenEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 537)


Personal health records (PHRs) have been a global trend in recent decade. It has been seen as a concept and tool that could help patients maintaining health, improving their well-being, and supporting communication with healthcare professional etc. Despite the great amount of research about PHR there is no consensus what a PHR actually means in academic literature or other arenas. There are multiple terms in use and multiple definitions which set challenges for rational discourse between citizens/patient, healthcare providers, system developers and policy makers. Especially, when citizens—as key stakeholder—should also be able to understand what those systems are we need clear and understandable definition for PHR’s. In the paper, we conduct a brief survey for different definitions and show the problems that arise with the incoherent use of the term “PHR”.


Personal health record PHR Definition Rational discourse Quasi-rational discourse 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Information Systems Science, Turku School of EconomicsUniversity of TurkuTurkuFinland

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