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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. I asked for copies of their immunizations every time they received a new one. I asked for a copy of their physicals they needed, sometimes yearly, for their activities. I knew there would be times I would need this information for more than one group. I kept copies in a file marked “medical” in our home office. I felt organized.

I realized as the twins were starting high school that I needed to document their health care issues since birth. They would be leaving me soon for college and would be responsible for their own health care. I needed to prepare them for this transition. So, I started their own PHR. I documented major milestones in their lives. Surgeries, conditions, current immunizations, physician contact information, allergies, family history, and whatever else I felt they would need. When they went to college I gave them a copy of their information. (I did not trust them with the original.) It made me feel wonderful to know that they had this information and could use it if and when they had to seek out health care. 

So, now the twins are about ready to start their junior year in college and will be taking their PHRs with them once again. Only one of the boys has had to seek care in the past 2 years. The first time did not go well, but after some discussion about how to use it his second visit was great. I can’t think of a better gift I could have given them then their health history. Why don’t you take a few minutes and do the same for your young adult. 


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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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