You may have noticed that when you go to your doctor’s office, to the hospital or a clinic, not only do the healthcare providers ask you for personal health information, such as your medical or family history, but they also record a lot of information about you. Although the physical or electronic medical records maintained by your doctor or hospital belongs to them, the content in these records belongs to YOU. This is why you should know what your rights are to get copies of your records and know what is in them, as well as, who can access your records.
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.
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. For this reason, we provide a communication forum – the Seniors’ Blog – to connect you with health information management professionals for tips and advice on creating and maintaining your own PHR. This section of myPHR.com also provides resources and educational material about PHRs to answer some of your questions and help you determine if a PHR is right for you.
Marsha Dolan, Cindy Boester, Heidi Shaffer, Vera Rulon, Donna DuLong, Sarah Dietze, Maria Kovell, Ted Eytan, Leann Reynolds, Erin Jordan, Dana Clark
PHRs do more than manage medication. Stay up to date with information that can help you communicate with your doctor and stay out of the hospital.
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