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My Family Health Portrait website review
Monday, December 13, 2010 | Valisha McFarlane

While reading an article for the bleeding disorders community, I came across a resource that I know you will find useful in building a personal health record for your child.  My Family Health Portrait is a website sponsored by the US Surgeon General and other agencies of the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Knowing your family history is beneficial for doctor’s visits and completing health forms.  Gather all the information you know about the illnesses and disorders that run in your family.  It can be as extensive as possible. The more the better.  I can remember when I was pregnant with my son, it was extremely important for my obstetrician to know if both parents were carriers of the sickle cell trait.  Information such as this needs to be passed down to your children as they become more responsible for their own health and wellness.

My Family Health Portrait allows you to create a master document that can be shared with other family members.  Two key features are the ability to produce a generational representation of possible health risks or concerns, allowing you to be more proactive with preventive healthcare.  Also, the software lets you re-index information.  You can put a different family member at the center of your family tree and the data will be automatically re-sorted to show the correct family relationships to that relative.

As with all health data, the choice is up to you with whom you choose to share.  You should always take the proper measures to protect your family’s confidential health information.  The website provides you with the option to save or copy information from a Microsoft HealthVault online account, and you should read the privacy and security policy of both websites before you make the decision to fill in your health information. 

This tool can help you develop a personal health record for your child that will help your family pediatrician perform effective screening procedures and/or genetic testing, identify areas of potential high risk, and recommend preventive measures for the overall better health of your child.

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About This Blog

Parents, welcome to the PHR blog where you can connect and communicate with health information management professionals and eventually other parents about managing your child’s healthcare. Have you ever been on your way to the doctor’s office with your child and wondered about the details – diagnosis, medications prescribed, vaccinations, etc. – of your last visit?

As a parent, you have so many responsibilities that it’s difficult to recall everything from day to day let alone last year. A personal health record can help ease your mind. This blog is a social network where you can interact with experts in the field to seek advice and tips for best practices in creating and maintaining your child’s personal health record and the best ways to use that information to play a more active role in their healthcare and simplify your life.

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