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Proceed to the finish line with your PHR
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 | Valerie Watzlaf

Running is one of my favorite sports. For years I have documented specific types of information related to running in many different and dilapidated running notebooks. Number of miles, type of running surface, time to run a certain distance, and pulse rate (during and after running), are just some of the data collected. I never realized that this type of documentation about my favorite sport and its impact on my health is the beginning of a Personal Health Record (PHR). The PHR is a record of information developed by the consumer or patient in order to assist the consumer, family, or physician with health history information, when necessary.

There are also some races that require race participants to complete a brief PHR upon registering so that race officials and others are better equipped to handle an emergency during the race. I know that I could have used this service when I became overheated and dizzy in my third marathon and didn’t have medical or emergency contact information with me. Later in the blog, we will discuss how this information may affect race participants in relation to privacy and medical identity theft. Can security codes such as encryption prevent issues with security and privacy and enable participants to feel secure when entering this data?

What else should be included in a PHR for an athlete? What if you are an athlete with a chronic illness such as asthma or diabetes? What other types of data elements may be necessary to collect in the PHR and how should this information be collected? These are just a few of the topics I will address in this blog. Check back for weekly tips, stories, and news related to the PHR for athletes.

Tags   personalhealthrecord, phr, chronicallyill, athletes, running, diabetes

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.

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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