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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. It seemed that everyday I was bothering my parents with more and more questions about stuff I didn’t understand. After a while, my parent’s speed dial button began to fade; it now more closely resembled an exclamation point than a number one. Eventually, I started to learn how to manage my finances and time, but there was still something I was struggling to piece together: my health information. I didn’t know who my insurance carrier was, what kind of policy I had, or which doctors were in my network. I didn’t know what to do with my paperwork; I couldn’t fit a filing cabinet in my dorm room. I found myself overwhelmed very quickly, that is until I enrolled into a health informatics course.

The health informatics course opened my eyes to the developing role of information technology in healthcare. As soon as we covered Personal Health Records, I knew it would be the solution to all my troubles. I registered for a PHR online and began to use it to help manage my health information. I filled in my medical history and what information I did know. For everything else, I shared my PHR with my parents and they were able to enter the rest. I now had a complete snapshot of my medical history, as well as my family history. I was also able to connect with my doctor’s system to record doctor visits, notes, as well as prescriptions. It made managing my health information easy and painless. I no longer dreaded going to the doctor and stopped turning a blind eye to my health. It made my life less complicated, but more importantly it gave my parents peace of mind.

Do you have a child in school who might benefit from a PHR?

Derek Allen is a Personal Finance blogger at myMoneyPower. He helps motivate people to make positive and obtainable changes in their finances.

Tags   college, familyhistory, personalhealthrecord, phr, technology, parents, students

About This Blog

Parents, welcome to the PHR blog where you can connect and communicate with health information management professionals and eventually other parents about managing your child’s healthcare. Have you ever been on your way to the doctor’s office with your child and wondered about the details – diagnosis, medications prescribed, vaccinations, etc. – of your last visit?

As a parent, you have so many responsibilities that it’s difficult to recall everything from day to day let alone last year. A personal health record can help ease your mind. This blog is a social network where you can interact with experts in the field to seek advice and tips for best practices in creating and maintaining your child’s personal health record and the best ways to use that information to play a more active role in their healthcare and simplify your life.

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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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