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A PHR Lets You Share Your Family Tree
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 | Sarah Dietze

A PHR can chart your family health history just as a family tree tracks geneaology.

Fred Cicetti, author of the Santa Ynez Valley Journal’s “Healthy Geezer” column, recommends that seniors who are uncomfortable with sharing their family health history orally share it in writing. Preserving the past also allows you to ensure that your medical geneaology is complete, accurate, and useful for future generations.

Cicetti recommends that seniors compile health history at family gatherings. Include the following information for each relative in your multigenerational PHR:

1. Birth and death dates.

2. Cause of death.

3. All medical conditions with dates and outcomes.

4. Birth defects.

5. Mental health problems

6. Lifestyle description.

7. Racial and ethnic background. Some medical conditions are more common in certain groups of people.

Read more from the Santa Ynez Valley Journal.

Safeguard your own health and your family’s by creating a PHR that is as valuable as a family tree is sentimental.

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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. 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 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.

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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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