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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

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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