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Personal Health Ownership Monday, March 14, 2011 | Dr. Carrie Nelson

Getting yourself a Personal Health Record is an important step along the way to Dr. Carrie's holy grail...Personal Health Ownership.

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Tags   caregivers, family, phr, parents
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The best gift I could ever give Sunday, August 09, 2009 | Julie Wolter

I have been blessed to be the mom of 3 boys, or should I say 3 young men. Two are in college and one will be a junior in high school. I, like many moms, documented their milestones the first few years of their life in their baby books.

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Tags   personalhealthrecord, phr, parents, college, familyhistory
Sending my son to college...with a personal health record Wednesday, July 01, 2009 | Colleen Goethals

Last summer was my first experience with sending a child off to college.  As I sat through the college parent orientation, I noticed that not much was mentioned about health care.  My son’s college is a small college and does not have a student health service department.  My anxiety started to grow as I began to think about what will happen if he has to go to the doctor or hospital.

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Tags   personalhealthrecord, phr, parents, college, healthcare
You may already have a PHR and don't know it Wednesday, June 03, 2009 | Robert Caban

Maybe you didn’t realize it, but if you keep records of your immunizations, then you’ve actually started a Personal Health Record. And if you’re like many parents I know, you have a file somewhere that you keep these records for yourself and your children.

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Tags   personalhealthrecord, phr, medicalrecords, parents, immunization

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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