Your personal health information is a valuable resource to you, your family, and the doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals who provide your treatment and care. But did you know that, in most cases, a complete record of all of your personal health information cannot be found in any single location or consistent format? The various elements of any one person’s health information are likely scattered across several healthcare providers, possibly in different cities, states, or even countries and are kept in various combinations of paper-based and electronic record-keeping formats.
Each one of your healthcare providers (family practitioner, allergist, OB-GYN, etc.) compiles a separate medical record on you. These multiple medical records can lead to an incomplete story about your health.
Keeping your own PHR allows you to provide doctors with valuable information that can help improve the quality of care you receive. A PHR can help reduce or eliminate duplicate tests and allow you to receive faster, safer treatment and care in an emergency. And the PHR empowers you, the patient. Overall, it gives you more intimate knowledge of your health information allowing you to play a more active role in your preventive care and care management.
The Web Site
As part of this public education campaign, AHIMA has also created a free public web site, www.myphr.com, where you can find a wide range of helpful information and resources including:
- Information regarding your health information rights
- Step-by-step guide for creating a PHR
- A guided tour to help you learn more about how your health information is collected, where it goes, and how it is used
- An online form to request a local health information management professional to come out and deliver a free public education seminar to your group or organization
* AHIMA does not make, sell or endorse any PHR products. We provide this database as a public service and encourage people to research the different types of tools that are available and choose the one that is right for them. Many of the tools listed in this database are free of charge.