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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. And chances are the records will get pulled out at the beginning of the school year for sports sign-ups and school-sponsored trips, and then returned to a dark safe place—like the back of a filing cabinet in your home office.

For all the talk of electronic health records (EHRs) there is probably no better way for a family to be prepared for both emergencies and routine health visits than to maintain a simple PHR for each family member. Of course, this is old news to parents whose children have chronic conditions. Keeping documentation of what conditions, medications, and allergies your child has is just good common sense.

Today, there are a number of different ways to go about managing your health information, but one of the simplest and easiest ways to start is to use a simple checklist that will help you gather missing information to create a complete personal record of your health history. Once you’ve gathered all of this information, you can store it on your computer, upload it to an online provider, or simply keep it in a safe place—like the back of your file cabinet.

With this blog you’ve got health information professionals ready to help you sort through and manage your very own Personal Health Record. Come back soon for more tips and information.

Tags   personalhealthrecord, phr, medicalrecords, parents, immunization

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.

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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