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Complicated Family Tree Further Complicates Family Health History Wednesday, July 13, 2011 | Erin Jordan

Family medical history is one of the most important factors in determining your risks for cancer and other illnesses, but what happens when you aren't sure how it all fits together?

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Tags   chronicallyill, college, communication, ehr, electronichealthrecord, familyhistory, family, healthinformation, medicalhistory, phr, personalhealthrecord
Alzheimer’s: A long journey for caregivers and sufferers alike Tuesday, April 19, 2011 | Maria Bouselli

Little signs of Alzheimer's disease began to appear this past year. He would drift off into his own little world during dinner. He could not find his way back to the table after using the restroom while celebrating New Year’s Eve with my family. He would ask five times in a day when I was leaving for Chicago.

In early January it was confirmed - my grandpa Stanley Zuba has Alzheimer’s disease.

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Tags   caregivers, family, healthadvocate, alzheimers, seniors
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
New Year, New Beginnings: A Good Time To Start A PHR Tuesday, January 25, 2011 | Valisha McFarlane

The start of a new year always brings new goals and resolutions.  But this year, I encourage you to join me in embarking on a new project – creating personal health records (PHR’s) for your family.

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Tags   personalhealthrecord, children, empoweredpatients, phr, family
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
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
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
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
Why a Personal Health Record is a Gift to your Family Wednesday, August 05, 2009 | Heidi Shaffer

My mother is close to celebrating her 90th birthday. Up until 8 years ago, she led a very active on-the-go life, traveling from one part of the country to another, visiting her four children as often as possible.  We took her apparent good health for granted, especially since the four of us are healthy as well.

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Tags   personalhealthrecord, phr, healthinformation, familyhistory, medicalhistory

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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