Personal Health Record (PHR)

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My PHR
 

Keeping track of your personal health information is easier than ever. There are downloadable personal applications and free sites available to manage your data. 

Why Should You Keep a Personal Health Record?

Keeping track of your own medical information and printing reports for appointments can streamline your regular doctor’s appointments and help your physician make more accurate diagnoses and prescribe more accurate treatments. MyPHR is an excellent site to keep all your information, but it all comes from you providing all the input. 
 
Patient portals are your provider’s way of giving you test results, keeping track of appointments, and sometimes portals provide email communication with your physician. Usually large organizations have them. However, portals are still limited in their ability to store your personal (at home) care. 
 
While portals promise great things in the future, they have a long way to go. We would love to hear your portal stories here (hyperlink to the contact us form).

Resources

HIPAA Explained
An excellent, consumer centered high-level resource on the who, what, where, when and why about the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2008/12/hipaa/index.htm 

AHIMA's MyPHR
Authored by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), this resource defines what a personal health record (PHR) is and educates the consumer on the importance of the PHR in improving the quality of their health care.
http://www.myphr.com/

Engaged Patients Campaign
Connects consumers to a national campaign that promotes access to “actionable information when you need it most” so that you, as the patient, can be an active participant in transforming  your health care experience.
https://engagedpatients.org/