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Inspiration to Start a PHR
Thursday, July 15, 2010 | Leah Grebner

The fact that you are visiting myPHR website indicates that something has piqued your interest in personal health records (PHR).  Perhaps, you are seeking the right inspiration for taking the next steps to create a PHR for yourself or a family member.  If that is the case, consider some of the following scenarios:

You are enjoying a weekend getaway with friends (girl’s weekend or men’s fishing trip for example), start to experience some dizziness, and collapse.  One of your travel companions calls 911 and the emergency responders need basic health history information.  They ask about what health conditions you have, what medications you are taking, and who your physician is.  Would your travel companion be able to answer these questions?

You are at work and develop chest pain. As the pain worsens, you and your co-workers decide that you may need emergency medical treatment and call for help.  By the time the emergency response team arrives, you are unconscious.  Would your co-workers be able to provide information about your health status and medications?

You are out for an early morning run when you trip and hit your head on the curb, which causes you to lose consciousness.  A motorist witnesses your fall and calls for help.  The emergency response team arrives and needs information.  Do you have any form of identification or information about your health status and medications with you?

If you were able to picture yourself in a situation similar to one of these are were not able to answer “yes” to the questions following the scenarios, perhaps this is the inspiration you need to start putting together at least a basic PHR. 

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About This Blog

Welcome to the Athletes’ PHR blog. This communication forum will provide you with a connection to health information management professionals for information and new ideas to better manage your personal healthcare. As the blog grows, you will be able to connect with other athletes to share experiences and exchange ideas about best practices for managing your health and personal health information to help you reach your peak performance.

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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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