Title: Specification of a social network-based PHR

Authors: Mozhgan Tanhapour; Ali Asghar Safaei

Addresses: Department of Medical Informatics, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Tarbiat Modares University, Jalal-Al-Ahmad Highway, Tehran, Iran ' Department of Medical Informatics, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Tarbiat Modares University, Jalal-Al-Ahmad Highway, Tehran, Iran

Abstract: Institute of Medicine (IoM) has introduced the patient-centred care as one of the six aims to improve healthcare quality. Personal health record (PHR) systems play a key role for employing patient-centred care. Also, there is increasing tendency to use Web 2.0 services in healthcare. Using a descriptive study, this paper specifies a social network-based PHR named health social network-personal health record (HSN-PHR). First a hybrid PHR model is proposed which provides an integrated viewpoint of individual's health information. It contains reliable information both for patients and healthcare providers although it is fully controlled by its owners. The requirements of developing a hybrid PHR model in a health social network are elicited and specified in IEEE Std 830-1998 standard format. The requirements are elicited using observation, introspection and questionnaire. Development of such social networking-based PHR system can improve personal and public health level in the society.

Keywords: patient-centred care; personal health record systems; social networking; requirements specification.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEH.2018.101445

International Journal of Electronic Healthcare, 2018 Vol.10 No.4, pp.249 - 274

Available online: 02 Aug 2019 *

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