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Complicated Family Tree Further Complicates Family Health History Wednesday, July 13, 2011 | Erin Jordan

Family medical history is one of the most important factors in determining your risks for cancer and other illnesses, but what happens when you aren't sure how it all fits together?

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Tags   chronicallyill, college, communication, ehr, electronichealthrecord, familyhistory, family, healthinformation, medicalhistory, phr, personalhealthrecord
Behavioral Health Breakdown Monday, June 20, 2011 | Erin Jordan

Resources needed for behavioral health keep growing as the funds continue to be cut. Recent incidents show how poorly this can affect not only the patients in need, but also the entire community.

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Tags   behavioral health, budget cut, Health information, Electronic Health Record, Personal Health Record, Psychological Funding, Healthcare Reform, Schizophrenia, Mental Disease, chronicallyill
Personal Health Record Use is On the Rise Tuesday, June 22, 2010 | Donna DuLong

A recent report states that Personal Health Record (PHR) usage is low, but has doubled in the past two years. The report was conducted by the California HealthCare Foundation, and found that one in 14 Americans say they have used a PHR. Even more important is that consumers with online access to their health information pay more attention to their health.

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Tags   personalhealthrecord, phr, seniors, chronicallyill
Work with nurses to prevent hospital readmission Tuesday, April 20, 2010 | Sarah Dietze

Judith Figueroa, a 69-year-old New Yorker with multiple heath problems, once visited the ER almost every month. By working with Carolyn McCrea, RN, of Visiting Nurse Service, Figueroa hasn’t been back to the hospital as often.

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Tags   personalhealthrecord, phr, caregivers, seniors, chronicallyill
Health Literacy Cuts Costs, Increases Well-Being Tuesday, April 06, 2010 | Sarah Dietze

Fifty-eight year old cancer patient Marty found himself drowning in a “scary sea of medical jargon” after a cancer diagnosis. He describes himself as well-educated, but struggled to understand his diagnosis and treatment.

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Tags   personalhealthrecord, phr, healthinformation, insurance, chronicallyill, healthliteracy
EHRs, PHRs Lead to Smarter Care Tuesday, March 23, 2010 | Sarah Dietze

Did you know that up to one-third of treatments aren’t based on the latest research? Keeping a PHR, either on paper or online, allows doctors to examine a complete medical history and offer you the best chance for recovery or for management of a chronic illness.

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Tags   personalhealthrecord, phr, healthinformation, medicalhistory, electronichealthrecord, ehr, chronicallyill
Proceed to the finish line with your PHR Wednesday, June 03, 2009 | Valerie Watzlaf

Running is one of my favorite sports. For years I have documented specific types of information related to running in many different and dilapidated running notebooks. Number of miles, type of running surface, time to run a certain distance, and pulse rate (during and after running), are just some of the data collected.

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Tags   personalhealthrecord, phr, chronicallyill, athletes, running, diabetes

About This Blog

PHRs are still fairly new to the healthcare system, and we understand that as healthcare consumers, you have questions about the benefits and risks of keeping a PHR. The myPHR blog connects you with patient advocates and health information management professionals for tips and advice on creating and maintaining your own PHR.

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Marsha Dolan, Valerie Watzlaf, Cindy Boester, Heidi Shaffer, Julie Wolter, Margaret Hennings, Colleen Goethals, Vera Rulon, Leah Grebner, Robert Caban, Mynilma Olivera-Vazquez, Amanda Bushey, Margie Kelly, Donna DuLong, Sarah Dietze, Valisha McFarlane, Maria Kovell, Ted Eytan, Leann Reynolds, Laura Heuer, Kristin Stewart, Derek Allen, Chris Matthies, Margo Corbett, Craig Newmark, Sarah Buelterman, Skyler Tanner, Aniruddha Malpani, Joan Malling, Marilyn McFarlane, Megan Rooney, Patrick Rhone, Dr. Carrie Nelson, Maria Bouselli, Erin Jordan

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