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Why should you travel with a personal health record?
Thursday, May 28, 2009 | Julie Wolter

My husband and I have decided that we would like to travel once we retire.  There are so many places we would like to see. For right now, we enjoy summer vacations with our three boys. Each year we pick a new destination that sounds like fun.

We have traveled to the Smoky Mountains, Yellowstone National Park, Grand Canyon, Washington DC, Door County, Florida, Chicago, and Williamsburg just to name a few. I look forward to our summer vacations every year. (AAA expects 25.1 million Americans will be traveling internationally this summer with a slight decrease for those nationally.) Each summer we pack our clothes and other items necessary for our trip and pile into the van for our fun-filled adventure.

One very important travel item that I pack is a copy of each of our our personal health records (PHR). A PHR is a tool that you can use to collect, track and share past and current information about your health or the health of someone in your care. Sometimes this information can save you money and the inconvenience of repeating routine medical tests. Even when routine procedures do need to be repeated, your PHR can give medical care providers more insight into your personal health story. You might not think about taking along your personal health information on vacation, but what if you needed medical attention while you were away from home? Are you certain that you can remember everything there is to know about you and your family’s health?

With three boys, we are never surprised when we need to seek medical attention, so having a personal health record is very important to us. So far we have not had to use our PHRs while on vacation, but I am ready just in case. We are looking forward to our trip this summer and you can be sure I will have our PHRs. I’ll let you know how it goes and share more travel tips and PHR information with you soon. Check out the resource on safe travel below.

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About This Blog

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.

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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