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Thieves put my son's health at risk Wednesday, April 28, 2010 | Sarah Dietze

A UK mother is missing her son's PHR because of medical identity theft. Chelsea Herron and her son Bailey had Bailey’s medical information stolen the old-fashioned way - by two criminals on the street.

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Tags   personalhealthrecord, phr, parents, privacy, security, identitytheft
Transitioning from Pediatric Care Tuesday, April 13, 2010 | Sarah Dietze

There’s no set time frame as to when a pediatric patient should begin seeing a general practitioner. Often, teens or pediatricians themselves simply feel that the patient is “too old” to see a children’s doctor.

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Tags   healthinformation, parents, privacy, HIPAA, communication, college
HIPAA and Student Athlete Medical Records Monday, April 12, 2010 | Sarah Dietze

When the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was enacted in 2003, athletic trainers and university officials alike were left in the dark as to how the law covered athlete medical records previously covered by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

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Tags   privacy, security, athletes
Is a Personal Health Record Right for You? Wednesday, March 03, 2010 | Sarah Dietze

PHRs and EHRs both make traveling safer and stress-free. Deciding on a PHR or EHR system that’s right for you is a decision you should make long before your departure date.

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Tags   access, privacy, security, travelers
Red Flags Not Just for NASCAR Anymore Tuesday, July 21, 2009 | Valerie Watzlaf

How much do you want to share about your current sports activities?  Are you comfortable in sharing if you have a chronic illness with others?  Of course, this information is necessary when compiling a PHR but what about our privacy and security? 

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Tags   healthinformation, privacy, HIPAA, athletes, redflagrule

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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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