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Are You Health Literate? Tuesday, February 15, 2011 | Maria Kovell

Take a short quiz to see if your health literacy is up to par.

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Tags   health literacy, medication, personalhealthrecord, phr
Reducing medical errors by changing medication labels Wednesday, May 12, 2010 | Laura Heuer

The California state pharmacy board voted last month to require all drug labels to be set in 10-point font to enhance readability. Texas is the only other state that has such guidelines.

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Tags   medication, caregivers, seniors, children, safety
Personal Health Records Help Patients Manage Their Own Care Tuesday, April 13, 2010 | Sarah Dietze

 One way in which seniors can take more control over their healthcare and help ensure they receive the most appropriate care is by using a personal health record (PHR).

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Tags   personalhealthrecord, phr, medication, seniors
Travel Tips from the US State Department Monday, April 12, 2010 | Sarah Dietze

Being unprepared for medical emergencies is costly: medical evacuation to the US from a foreign country can cost $50,000. Even if you don’t have an extensive medication list or need medical attention while away from home, these tips from the US State Department provide a sense of security and let you truly enjoy your vacation.

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Tags   emergency, medication, insurance, travelers
Favor Function Over Form When Choosing a PHR Monday, March 29, 2010 | Kristin Stewart

Let me admit something up front.  I hate to file.

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Tags   emergency, access, medication, parents, insurance
PHRs Lend Peace of Mind While Abroad Thursday, March 25, 2010 | Joan Malling

Neil and I have lived and traveled internationally for years. Until recently, neither of us had any significant health issue that we felt mandated carrying more than our few prescriptions plus contact information for our doctors.

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Tags   emergency, medication, medicalrecord, travelers
Managing Multiple Prescriptions Friday, March 19, 2010 | Sarah Dietze

A recent Canandian Insititute for Health Information study found that most Canadian seniors take at least five drugs. According to the University of Chicago, the average American senior fills 22 prescriptions per year. Multiple doctors, specialists, and caregivers can add to the confusion over when and how to take medication.

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Tags   healthinformation, emergency, medication, caregivers, seniors
Traveling With Children Monday, March 15, 2010 | Marilyn McFarlane

If you have a child with a health problem or condition, you’re well aware that a trip with the family has to include whatever medications might be needed. You know it’s important to tuck in emergency advice and the doctor’s name and contact numbers, as well.  One thing less commonly included, but should be, even for those with no apparent medical issues, is a travel version of your child’s Personal Health Record. 

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Tags   emergency, medication, parents, insurance, travelers
Your Family Member's PHR Wednesday, March 03, 2010 | Sarah Dietze

This personal health record is designed to help you keep your family member's medical information organized in one place. It includes space for you to write in information about your family member's medical conditions and treatments.

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Tags   personalhealthrecord, phr, medication, caregivers
It was just dinner! Monday, September 28, 2009 | Julie Wolter

My Church held a fellowship dinner last night to kick off our 80th year celebration.  It was a wonderful night of music, good food, and friends.  My husband and I were able to spend some time with a couple we had not talked to in a while.  It was great catching up and hearing about her ministry in Mozambique.  She had just returned about a month ago from her latest visit.

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Tags   personalhealthrecord, phr, healthinformation, medication, travelers
How can a PHR help me care for my family? Tuesday, June 16, 2009 | Margaret Hennings

How can a PHR help me or my family?  Why would I want to take the time to gather all this information? 

In the same way a gardener will keep track of where to buy their favorite flowers or who has the biggest selection or best prices, a PHR can help you keep track of physician information such as phone numbers, appointment dates, specialty, etc.

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How could keeping a PHR be similar to gardening? Tuesday, June 09, 2009 | Margaret Hennings

Planting the seeds of knowledge for care now and in the future.

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Tags   personalhealthrecord, phr, medication, caregivers

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.

Blog Contributors

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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