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Your Rights Regarding Your Personal Health Information Monday, September 29, 2014 | Vera Rulon

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.

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Tags   access
Speak up! Tuesday, April 05, 2011 | Maria Kovell

A new video series shows how engaging in your health care can help prevent errors in your care and improve your overall wellbeing.

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Tags   access, communication, health literacy
The Future is Now! – Who’s The Doctor? Friday, February 25, 2011 | Patrick Rhone

We live in the future. Here is some proof.

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Tags   access, ehr, phr, technology
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
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
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
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
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
"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
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
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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