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posted: July 31, 2006

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Timely Tip: Learning About Personal Health Records

More and more, it is becoming apparent that personal health records – or PHRs – are an invaluable caregiver tool whose time has come.

 

With a PHR, caregivers can, in one place – electronically or in paper, keep all of the medical records, physician information, and updated general data readily available as a potentially life-saving resource for their elderly. They’re also an ideal way for the primary caregiver to keep their siblings abreast of Mom or Dad’s welfare.

 

For the full story on PHRs, read the cover story in the July 2006 issue of Caregiver’s Home Companion.

 

Here are several resources for caregivers to learn more – and even acquire – the PHR format to get started:

 

ü       My Personal Health Record (www.phr.com) is operated by the American Health Information Management Association. It highlights a “shopping and evaluation tool” that helps consumers evaluate paper-based, Internet and PC software PHR formats, available either at cost or no cost.

ü       Care New England, at www.carenewengland.org, offers a free, confidential Internet-based PHR that lets individuals track their own and their family’s health information.

ü       Thomas Jefferson University Hospital offers a free Personal Health Manager CD-ROM. Phone 1-800-JEFF-NOW or complete the request form found at www.jeffersonhospital.org/jeffnow/article11759.html.

ü       Free forms for use in compiling a paper PHR can be found at Merck Source, www.mercksource.com.

ü       The Veteran’s Administration has rolled out its own PHR system at www.myhealth.va.gov.

ü       Body Journal can be found at www.bodyjournal.com  This system tracks up to 10 individual records, making it ideal for family use.

ü       Records for Living (www.recordsforliving.com) is a software-based PHR available for a fee. It has features specially designed to benefit those living with chronic illness.

-- Paula McCarron

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