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Articles posted during “ 2009”
Organize Personal Health Information Tuesday, November 17, 2009 | Sarah Dietze

As a professional organizer, I am frequently called on to help folks sort through their papers and develop systems to organize their files.  I find that people have files with extensive information on the care and maintenance of their homes and cars, and no file on the care and maintenance of themselves. As part of their organizing project, I encourage them to develop a file for their medical histories and pertinent medical information.

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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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Enjoying Fall Colors Friday, September 25, 2009 | Julie Wolter

I love taking a drive in the Fall to see all the beautiful colors.  Many years ago I traveled with my family to Vermont and New Hampshire to enjoy the Fall colors.  It was spectacular!  Every color was so vivid and everywhere I looked I was in awe.

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Asking for copies of your medical records Monday, August 31, 2009 | Cindy Boester

It’s OK to ask for copies of your medical records! 

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Tags   personalhealthrecord, phr, medicalrecords, caregivers, seniors, HIPAA
What can I use? Monday, August 10, 2009 | Julie Wolter

There are many ways you can carry your PHR when you travel.  I travel with a paper document.

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Tags   personalhealthrecord, phr, electronichealthrecord, ehr, travelers
The best gift I could ever give Sunday, August 09, 2009 | Julie Wolter

I have been blessed to be the mom of 3 boys, or should I say 3 young men. Two are in college and one will be a junior in high school. I, like many moms, documented their milestones the first few years of their life in their baby books.

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Tags   personalhealthrecord, phr, parents, college, familyhistory
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
There when I needed it! Tuesday, July 21, 2009 | Julie Wolter

It was a beautiful day to travel.  We started early so we could get there and enjoy as much of the daylight as possible.  Unfortunately, that did not occur.  I started feeling my world spin during the drive.

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Tags   personalhealthrecord, phr, healthinformation, emergency, travelers, vertigo
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
Sending my son to college...with a personal health record Wednesday, July 01, 2009 | Colleen Goethals

Last summer was my first experience with sending a child off to college.  As I sat through the college parent orientation, I noticed that not much was mentioned about health care.  My son’s college is a small college and does not have a student health service department.  My anxiety started to grow as I began to think about what will happen if he has to go to the doctor or hospital.

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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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Visiting with my 81-year-young mother in her golden years Friday, June 05, 2009 | Marsha Dolan

The other day I was visiting with my 81-years-young mother. Like many others her age, she has a few chronic illnesses, such as hypertension and diabetes and some short-term memory loss. Recently, she also had to start using insulin to control her diabetes. She and my father spend a significant amount of time driving to and from doctor appointments and trying to deal with insurance and medications and testing. She expressed her feelings of frustration when she said, “our golden years aren't so golden anymore.” 

Maybe you also have that same thought or have expressed that same feeling to someone you love.

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Tags   personalhealthrecord, phr, aging
You may already have a PHR and don't know it Wednesday, June 03, 2009 | Robert Caban

Maybe you didn’t realize it, but if you keep records of your immunizations, then you’ve actually started a Personal Health Record. And if you’re like many parents I know, you have a file somewhere that you keep these records for yourself and your children.

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Tags   personalhealthrecord, phr, medicalrecords, parents, immunization
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
Why should you travel with a personal health record? Thursday, May 28, 2009 | Julie Wolter

My husband and I have decided that we would like to travel once we retire.  There are so many places we would like to see. For right now, we enjoy summer vacations with our three boys. Each year we pick a new destination that sounds like fun.

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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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