Articles posted during “ 2010”
Running with a health ID
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 | Sarah Buelterman
Anyone who runs, whether it’s to stay in shape, lose a few pounds or
burn some steam, can’t deny the temporary euphoria that accompanies such
a blood-pumping workout. And heck, whether you are trotting to the beat
of your MP3 or to the tune of Mother Nature herself, it’s easy to lose
yourself in the temporary high. But what happens when you really do get
Tags athletes, runners, healthinformation, phr
Inspiration to Start a PHR
Thursday, July 15, 2010 | Leah Grebner
The fact that you are visiting myPHR website indicates that something
has piqued your interest in personal health records (PHR). Perhaps, you
are seeking the right inspiration for taking the next steps to create a
PHR for yourself or a family member. If that is the case, consider
some of the following scenarios.
Tags personalhealthrecord, phr, fitness
An amazing tool at your fingertips
Tuesday, July 13, 2010 | Robert Caban
Patient portals have evolved quite a bit over the last few years. Many
portals now offer patients the opportunity to interact with the doctor
in a way that hasn’t occurred since doctors stopped making home visits.
Personally, I have used my provider’s patient portal to access my
records, check on results and even email my doctor. And he responded
back to me within minutes! Minutes!
Tags technology, physicians, phr, personalhealthrecord
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.
Tags personalhealthrecord, phr, seniors, chronicallyill
Next - Letting Go
Wednesday, June 02, 2010 | Laura Heuer
My daredevil son is about to embark on the trip of his life! Now he
wakes everyday to knowing that the wondrous world he had anticipated
since he was ten is unfolding the way he has created.
Tags technology, medicalrecords, parents
I Needed Help
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 | Sarah Dietze
One day Jake, our middle son, got strep throat. Usually, no big deal.
Some antibiotics and you’re good to go. Not this time. Jake had a severe
allergic reaction to the antibiotic and the next one, and the next, and
the next. The whirlwind began.
Tags phr, personalhealthrecord, parents, allergies
Seniors and Fitness: Enhancing your PHR
Thursday, April 22, 2010 | Leann Reynolds
Vashon Athletic Club owner Kevin Allman, of Vashon, Wash., spends a
majority of his time at the gym training senior citizens, which make up
an healthy 30-40 percent of his clientele. Located on an island with a
population of just over 10,000 residents and a median age range of 44
years old (Seattle’s median age range is 34), Vashon’s demographics have
contributed to Allman becoming somewhat of an authority in training
Tags personalhealthrecord, phr, medicalrecords, caregivers, seniors
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
Tags personalhealthrecord, phr, caregivers, seniors, chronicallyill
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.
Tags emergency, medication, insurance, travelers
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
Tags privacy, security, athletes
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.”
Tags emergency, medicalhistory, travelers
A PHR Lets You Share Your Family Tree
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 | Sarah Dietze
A PHR can chart your family health history just as a family tree tracks geneaology.
Fred Cicetti, author of the Santa Ynez Valley Journal’s “Healthy Geezer"
column, recommends that seniors who are uncomfortable with sharing
their family health history orally share it in writing. Preserving the
past also allows you to ensure that your medical geneaology is complete,
accurate, and useful for future generations.
Tags healthhistory, seniors
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.
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?
Tags medicalhistory, personalhealthrecord, phr, athletes
Give Your Parents Peace of Mind
Monday, March 22, 2010 | Derek Allen
As an incoming university freshman, I got my first taste of the real
word, and it was bittersweet. My mind was focused on finding classes,
highlighting textbooks, and making new friends. Everyone tells you
college is hard work and you are going to have to study your butt off.
However, no one tells you about all the other stuff, the real world
stuff. I didn’t know how to manage my finances, time, and health.
Tags college, familyhistory, personalhealthrecord, phr, technology, parents, students
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.
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
Tags emergency, medication, parents, insurance, travelers
A Trip for the Records
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 | Sarah Dietze
Cheryl McEvoy, editorial assistant for ADVANCE for Health Information Professionals, recently returned from a trip to Nicaragua.
Tags personalhealthrecord, phr, healthinformation, access, travelers, electronichealthrecord, ehr
"Borderless" Health Care Would Help Seniors in Emergencies
Sunday, March 07, 2010 | Sarah Dietze
Imagine your favorite feisty 75-year-old as our hypothetical patient,
Mrs. Cruz. Born and raised in Santa Cruz, she now lives at a local
senior housing complex. One evening, rushing to answer her telephone,
she trips and falls, breaking her hip.
Tags healthinformation, emergency, access, seniors
EHRs: New Benefit for Parents
Friday, March 05, 2010 | Sarah Dietze
Ninety-eight percent of health care providers don’t have a
comprehensive electronic health record, which can help multiple doctors
save children’s lives.
Di Smalley, CEO of Mercy Health Systems of Oklahoma, relates a story about a child helped by an EHR.
Tags parents, electronichealthrecord, ehr