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Create a PHR Before Your Next Trip
Saturday, April 03, 2010 | Sarah Dietze
 

“You should keep a record of each family member’s medical history at your fingertips, in the home,” says Michael Fleming, MD, former president of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). “It’s also a good idea to take your records with you when you travel.”

A PHR’s value is tied to its portability. Keeping one document, whether digital or paper, for your entire family makes a PHR easy to find in case of emergency or a family vacation.

Dr. Fleming cautions against using an outdated PHR: “A medical record should be a living, breathing document, not something that collects dust on your shelf. It should be a diary of your health condition that you update whenever your health status changes.”

If you take an annual vacation, updating your PHR on a regular basis will prevent you from having to recall and record a years’ worth of information before you leave home. Find out how to create a PHR suitable for travel, emergencies, or everyday reference from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.


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Welcome to the Traveler’s PHR blog – a communication forum and social network to connect you with health information management professionals and other travelers for the exchange of ideas and information for managing your personal health information to prepare for the best healthcare while traveling. If you ever wondered what might happen if you get sick or even became unconscious while traveling outside of your home town and what you might do to prepare for such an event, then you’re in the right place. As this blog grows, we invite you to share your own advice and travel stories and learn from other travelers about their experiences.

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