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Caregiving and the Personal Health Record in 2010
Monday, April 05, 2010 | Ted Eytan

It’s been a little harder than normal to blog lately, because of Twitter / Foursquare, and because of some travel…

Earlier this week, I had the honor of co-presenting in front of the CEO’s of Kaiser Permanente and The Permanente Federation, at a regular Town Hall meeting, about the completion of the KP HealthConnect rollout across the United States. You can read more about that here.

When I went to demonstrate the significance of what this means, I didn’t choose a video of doctors or nurses, I chose one of patients/members. And, I chose one of members who are caregivers. I also showed this video when I co-presented at Holly Potter at HIMSS.

I have become very interested in caregiving; following the excellent report put out by AARP (Caregiving in the United States, 2009), I put together this graphic of data I feel is important to pay attention to from that report.

The impact of caregiving in people’s lives/productivy is going to grow, as our senior population ages, and the number of people available to take care of them does not grow. the personal health record can be something that reduces caregiver stress, and this member’s story is a great illustration. Enjoy.

Ted Eytan currently works as a Medical Director for Delivery Systems Operations Improvement for the Permanente Federation, LLC. His experience is in working with large medical groups, patients, and technologists to bring health care consumers useful information and decision-making health tools, to ensure that patients have an active role in their own health care. Visit his blog at

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Welcome to the Caregiver’s PHR blog – your connection to health information management professionals and other caregivers managing the healthcare of a loved one. Caregivers can be more prepared for the unpredictable simply by keeping a record of their loved one’s personal health information to present to a healthcare provider when needed. As a caregiver, you can often become overwhelmed with the emotional and physical responsibilities involved in this commitment. Just tracking medications and doctors’ visits can seem nearly impossible at times. A personal health record can help ease your mind. We hope you will visit this blog often to interact with experts in the field to seek advice and tips for best practices in creating and maintaining your loved one’s personal health record and the most effective ways to use that information to play a more active role in their healthcare and simplify your life.

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