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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
Caregivers as Healthcare Advocates: Uses of the PHR Tuesday, April 27, 2010 | Margo Corbett

Chances are you’ve gradually fallen into the role of caregiver for a loved one as their health deteriorates. You probably didn’t realize it was happening at first, but little-by-little you found yourself doing more and more and at some point said to yourself, “I’m not trained for this. I feel overwhelmed and inadequate.”

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Tags   personalhealthrecord, phr, medicalhistory, caregivers
Checklist: Prepare a PHR for Your Next Move Friday, April 09, 2010 | Mynilma Olivera-Vazquez

I am the mother of a toddler and a kindergartener. I recently started a patient-centric health record, which consists of aggregating documentation and information from several sources of healthcare.

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Tags   medicalhistory, personalhealthrecord, phr, parents
Create a PHR Before Your Next Trip Saturday, April 03, 2010 | Sarah Dietze

“You should keep a record of each family member’s medical history at your fingertips, in the home,” says Michael Fleming, MD, former president of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). “It’s also a good idea to take your records with you when you travel.”

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Tags   emergency, medicalhistory, travelers
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
PHRs Make Athletes Stronger, Fitter, Healthier Tuesday, March 23, 2010 | Skyler Tanner

Imagine for a moment that you’re a strength and conditioning coach. If you’re already a coach this part isn’t going to be difficult. Now, say you have a new client coming in for a consultation and this client has noted that they’ve had “injuries” in the past. When he or she shows up, you’d expect a detailed explanation of their problem.. However, so often in our position as coach a new client comes in and can’t offer specifics about their health history. How frustrating is that?

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Tags   medicalhistory, personalhealthrecord, phr, athletes
Knowing Family Health History, Testing Could Save Athletes' Lives Thursday, March 04, 2010 | Sarah Dietze

Using electrocardiograms to test the hearts of young athletes before they participate in sports could be a cost-effective way to reduce sudden deaths, a Stanford University study concludes.

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Tags   medicalhistory, students, athletes, screening
Racing for Life: PHRs Help Athletes Cross the Finish Line Monday, January 25, 2010 | Margie Kelly

You pushed yourself during the 10K race and your core body temperature surged.  You’re delirious, in the medical tent and no one knows your name much less your medical history or how to reach your family members.  You have Bib #153 with no personal information for race administrators to begin the identification process.

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Tags   personalhealthrecord, phr, emergency, medicalhistory, athletes, runners
Why a Personal Health Record is a Gift to your Family Wednesday, August 05, 2009 | Heidi Shaffer

My mother is close to celebrating her 90th birthday. Up until 8 years ago, she led a very active on-the-go life, traveling from one part of the country to another, visiting her four children as often as possible.  We took her apparent good health for granted, especially since the four of us are healthy as well.

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Tags   personalhealthrecord, phr, healthinformation, familyhistory, medicalhistory

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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