"personal health record" Posts

Portrait of Caroline Coy, MPH

PHR Ignite Demonstrates Exchange of Consumer Health Information

Caroline Coy, MPH | May 15, 2014

For Shannon Parker, a mom in Salem, Oregon, having access to a Personal Health Record (PHR) updated with her son’s latest health information allows her to put her son at the center of his care – no matter where he’s being treated. This means giving her an electronic tool she can use to coordinate her son’s care for brittle bone disease so she can work with her local pediatrician and a specialist all the way in Omaha,

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Portrait of Erin Siminerio, M.P.H.

New Year, New Coverage, New Possibilities

Erin Siminerio, M.P.H. | January 10, 2014

For many of us, January is when we reflect on the past year, and think ahead to our hopes and goals for the year ahead. Every year, millions of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, and for many of us, that means resolving to improve our health. Ask your friends and family, and you’ll hear many of the same resolutions over and over again: eat better, get fitter, take better care of ourselves and our loved ones,

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Portrait of RADM Boris D. Lushniak

Thanksgiving: a time for family, a time for health and an IT tool that can help

RADM Boris D. Lushniak | November 26, 2013

Thanksgiving is a great time to learn more about our family’s health. That’s why I designated Thanksgiving as “Family Health History Day.”  The more you understand about your family health history, the more you and your health care provider can predict your risk for health problems and identify screening and treatment options that are best for you. And we have an electronic tool that can help you both.

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Portrait of Tracy Okubo, PMP

Managing My Personal Health Record: My Story of Living with Lupus

Tracy Okubo, PMP | May 13, 2013

When I was 15 years old I was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erthamatosis (Lupus). My parents and I didn’t really know or understand what Lupus was, but we knew that people died from it and that I needed to be extremely careful with my health. I remember how scared I was, along with being in extreme pain, barely able to walk. In addition I was puffy and losing my hair as a side effect of my medications.  

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Portrait of Lygeia Ricciardi

The Power of the Blue Button

Lygeia Ricciardi | October 1, 2012

In August 2010, just 25 months ago,  President Obama announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) was going to make Veterans’ personal health records available to them online with something called the “Blue Button.”  Blue Button is an incredibly simple idea. It puts electronic information in the hands of patients—safely, reliably, and conveniently.   

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