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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 lost?

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Tags   athletes, runners, healthinformation, phr
Health for the Holidays Wednesday, December 22, 2010 | Maria Kovell

Combating the overindulgent eats, drinks and habits of the holidays can be difficult. Near impossible, really. Even for the athlete or health nut, winter months can pose challenges to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

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Tags   fitness, athletes, personalhealthrecord, healthinformation, phr
My Family Health Portrait website review Monday, December 13, 2010 | Valisha McFarlane

While reading an article for the bleeding disorders community, I came across a resource that I know you will find useful in building a personal health record for your child.

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Tags   parents, familyhistory, PHR, personalhealthrecord
Be a Powerful Patient! Tuesday, December 07, 2010 | Chris Matthies

About two years ago, my husband, Les, began having some puzzling physical symptoms.  He wasn’t feeling particularly ill but decided to see his primary care physician, just in case.

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Tags   phr, personalhealthrecord, family, healthadvocate
E-patients Wednesday, December 01, 2010 | Aniruddha Malpani

I am now seeing a new class of patients - the e-patients. (Many of these come from Pune and Bangalore, the Silicon Valley of India!)

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Tags   travelers, personalhealthrecord, empoweredpatient, epatient
Now Reading: Impact of Health Literacy on Access and Use of a PHR Wednesday, November 24, 2010 | Ted Eytan

This is the first study to assess real-world use of an industry-leading patient portal (Kaiser Permanente’s My Health Manager) in a large, ethnically, culturally, socioeconomically, and educationally diverse sample of diabetes patients with a range of self-reported health literacy skills.

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Tags   health literacy, physicians, phr, personalhealthrecord
Serious apps for veterans' health records Tuesday, November 16, 2010 | Craig Newmark

The Blue Button at MyHealthEVet.gov gives vets an easy way to download their health records. However, what’s needed is an easy way to view those records, to get ‘em to other doctors, and to add to those records.

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Tags   veterans, seniors, electronichealthrecord, personalhealthrecord, 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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Tags   technology, medicalrecords, parents
Dare Devil Wednesday, May 26, 2010 | Laura Heuer

My son who is active and allergic to antibiotics, latex and a host of other things took a tumble. And I mean a tumble!

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Tags   personalhealthrecord, phr, emergency, parents
Tips for keeping a personal health record Wednesday, May 19, 2010 | Laura Heuer

Six steps to a more helpful and complete PHR

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Tags   personalhealthrecord, phr, emergency, parents
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
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.

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Tags   phr, personalhealthrecord, parents, allergies
Take a change on technology Wednesday, May 05, 2010 | Amanda Bushey

Apple recently released an article "iPhone provides vital link to medical records."  This article not only represents, but demonstrates, how technology and patient care can and should work together.

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Tags   technology, electronichealthrecord, mobilehealth
Chasing Zero - Reducing Medical Error Wednesday, May 05, 2010 | Sarah Dietze

 Dennis Quaid produced “Chasing Zero: Winning the War on Healthcare Harm.” The documentary covers why medical errors occur, and what patients can do to prevent them.

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Tags   medicalerror, parents
AARP on EHRs Thursday, April 29, 2010 | Sarah Dietze

AARP’s 2007 Global Report on Aging explores both personal and electronic health records from a domestic and an international perspective.

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Tags   healthinformation, technology, communication, seniors
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
Technology may help injured marathoners Wednesday, April 28, 2010 | Sarah Dietze

Earlier, Margie Kelly wrote from the sidelines of The Maine Cancer Foundation's TriForACure, and described how a PHR saved the lives of several runners devoid of any identifying information - save their bib number. 

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Tags   technology, communication, athletes, runners, emergency
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
I, caregiver: Keeping notes and a medical file helps Sunday, April 25, 2010 | Sarah Dietze

Caregiver Juneita Johari recommends that caregivers learn to decipher doctor speak, start a file, and take notes when caring for an elderly or ill loved one.

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Tags   personalhealthrecord, phr, caregivers, medicalerrors
Staying Healthy While Traveling Sunday, April 25, 2010 | Sarah Dietze

Go Nomad advises planning ahead for your trip. Plan for the unexpected and routine medical concerns by creating a PHR.

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Tags   personalhealthrecord, phr, emergency, travel
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 seniors.

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Tags   personalhealthrecord, phr, medicalrecords, caregivers, seniors
Parents Can't Get Records From Imprisoned Doctor's Office Wednesday, April 21, 2010 | Sarah Dietze

Drs. Mark and Scott Blankenburg are in prison. The pediatricians’ patient records are equally inaccessible: according to WKRC Cincinnati, parents can’t obtain their child’s vaccination records in time for fall kindergarten enrollment.

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Tags   access, medicalrecords, parents, children
More on HIPAA and Athletes Wednesday, April 21, 2010 | Sarah Dietze

Has HIPAA created a potentially deadly situation in sports medicine?

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Tags   parents, HIPAA, students, athletes, college
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 as often.

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Tags   personalhealthrecord, phr, caregivers, seniors, chronicallyill
How technology has changed delivery of care Monday, April 19, 2010 | Sarah Dietze

The senior population in the U.S. will increase by 36% in the next 10 years (by 2020).

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Tags   technology, access, seniors, caregivers
Dennis Quaid's Twins and Hospital Safety Monday, April 19, 2010 | Sarah Dietze

In November 2007, Dennis Quaid’s newborn twins, Zoe Grace and Thomas Boone, nearly died from an overdose of the blood thinner heparin at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Since then, the actor has mounted a crusade against medical errors.

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Tags   parents, medicalerrors, children, safety
PHRs Set Sail on Cruise Lines Monday, April 19, 2010 | Sarah Dietze

PositiveID and the International Maritime Medical Association have partnered to bring PHR systems to over 1.5 million cruise ship passengers, crew, and port workers.

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Tags   medicalrecord, emergency, access, travelers
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
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
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
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
Health Literacy Cuts Costs, Increases Well-Being Tuesday, April 06, 2010 | Sarah Dietze

Fifty-eight year old cancer patient Marty found himself drowning in a “scary sea of medical jargon” after a cancer diagnosis. He describes himself as well-educated, but struggled to understand his diagnosis and treatment.

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Tags   personalhealthrecord, phr, healthinformation, insurance, chronicallyill, healthliteracy
Caregiving and the Personal Health Record in 2010 Monday, April 05, 2010 | Ted Eytan

Earlier this week, I had the honor of co-presenting in front of the CEO’s of Kaiser Permanente and The Permanente Federation, at a regular Town Hall meeting, about the completion of the KP HealthConnect rollout across the United States.

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Tags   personalhealthrecord, phr, caregivers
PHRs and the Wii Generation Monday, April 05, 2010 | Sarah Dietze

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) contains provisions to encourage the meaningful use of electronic medical records technology. Seniors are most likely  to use a PHR, but will this change as Millennials mature and as EHRs become more prevalent?

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Tags   personalhealthrecord, phr, technology, parents, medicalrecords, electronichealthrecords, ehr
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
Include a Running Log in Your PHR Thursday, April 01, 2010 | Sarah Dietze

Whether you’re training for a race or want to increase your run time or distance, include a running log in your PHR. Share it with your doctor to give him or her a more complete picture of your health and fitness level.

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Tags   personalhealthrecord, phr, athletes, runners
Manage Your Relocation with a PHR Wednesday, March 31, 2010 | Mynilma Olivera-Vazquez

Military families overcome numerous obstacles to support their service members. One of primary things that a military family must deal with is undergoing constant moves and deployments.

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Tags   Family, military, personalhealthrecord, phr
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.

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Tags   healthhistory, seniors
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
Long-Distance Caregivers Benefit from PHRs Friday, March 26, 2010 | Sarah Dietze

The National Institute on Aging reports that approximately 7 million adults are long-distance caregivers and generally live an hour or more away. These tips will help you access important documents and coordinate care from afar.

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Tags   access, medicalrecords, caregivers
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
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
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.

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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.

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Tags   healthinformation, emergency, medication, caregivers, seniors
Caring for aging loved ones Friday, March 19, 2010 | Sarah Dietze

According to a National Alliance for Caregiving study, there will be more Americans over 65 than under 5 by 2020. Caregivers will play an enormous role in this demographic shift.

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Tags   insurance, HIPAA, caregivers
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
What's grandma allergic to? Monday, March 15, 2010 | Sarah Dietze

Canadian provinces are moving toward tracking health records electronically. A side benefit for consumers, though, is the ability to put health information in patients’ and caregivers’ hands.

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Tags   health information, parents, caregivers
PHRs Help Kids Achieve Their Goals Through Optimal Health Thursday, March 11, 2010 | Sarah Dietze

To Dr. Ted Eytan, PHRs help children and adults achieve their life goals through optimal health.

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Tags   personalhealthrecord, phr, parents
Track Your Fitness Goals Through Social Media Thursday, March 11, 2010 | Sarah Dietze

No matter the format, a PHR can keep you accountable for recording and updating your health information. But what about everyday health concerns, such as fitness and weight loss?

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Tags   personalhealthrecord, phr, healthinformation, athletes, socialmedia
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.

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Tags   personalhealthrecord, phr, healthinformation, access, travelers, electronichealthrecord, ehr
Aging with Grace - PHRs for Caregivers Wednesday, March 10, 2010 | Sarah Dietze

Senior health expert Patricia Grace discusses how caregivers can use a PHR to improve elder care.

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Tags   personalhealthrecord, phr, caregivers
"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.

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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.

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Tags   parents, electronichealthrecord, ehr
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
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
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
Boomers lead on personal health records Monday, March 01, 2010 | Sarah Dietze

Think PHRs are only for the young? Think again. Aetna, Kaiser Permanente, and the Veterans Administration confirmed that the 50-65 crowd is most likely to use a PHR.

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Tags   personalhealthrecord, phr, communication, seniors
Think outside the box! Monday, February 08, 2010 | Cindy Boester

When it comes to creating your Personal Health Record (PHR), remember that it’s more than just the medical information you gather from your primary doctor or hospital. Think of all the other things that impact your well being. 

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Tags   personalhealthrecord, phr, seniors, wellbeing, exercise
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
Parents in healthcare's driver seat Wednesday, January 06, 2010 | Robert Caban

In less than a decade, technology has made information widely accessible--Information that in years past only a privileged and select few had access to. This has opened the doors to nearly everyone in America to make informed decisions about their health care.

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Tags   personalhealthrecord, phr, technology, access, parents, healthinformation, phi

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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