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What is a PHR?

What is a Personal Health Record?

Easy access to your health records puts you in control of decisions regarding your health and well-being. You can monitor your health conditions better, understand and stay on track with treatment plans, and find and fix errors in your record.

But what is a Personal Health Record and why would I want one?

If you’re like most people, you have a number of health concerns and may visit multiple doctors and pharmacies. Keeping track of it all can be a challenge. With a personal health record, you can gather — and manage — all that information in one easily accessible location.

What is a personal health record?

A personal health record is simply a collection of information about your health. If you have a shot record or a folder of medical papers, you already have a basic personal health record.

And you’ve probably encountered the big drawback of paper records: You rarely have them with you when you need them. Wanngi has helped remedy that problem by making your information accessible to you as an Electronic personal health records (PHRs) anytime via your computer, smartphones and tablets.

What do you keep in a PHR?

Include anything that helps you manage your health and that you would like to communicate to your doctors and health providers such as

  • Immunization history
  • Allergies, including drug allergies
  • Doctor’s and specialists visits
  • Hospital visits
  • Your medications, including dosages
  • Pathology and Diagnostic Imaging test results
  • List and dates of illnesses and surgeries
  • Chronic health problems, such as high blood pressure
  • Living will or advance directives
  • Family history

Your personal health is not only any illness you have had, you should also be your own health champion and advocate by communicating how you are staying healthy.  Many chronic illness can be maintained or prevented by self monitoring your healthiness.  So consider keeping track of

  • Sleep
  • Weight and dietary habits
  • Exercise and activity goals
  • Health goals, such as stopping smoking or losing weight

How do I access my medical records from Childhood?

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Child health records

Your PHR will grow with you as you age.  It will be like a bank account account in that it may be empty when you first commence, however, before you know it, with some initial effort and ongoing contributions from EHR’s and patient portals, you will feel more in control of decisions regarding your health and well-being.

Access to older health records will depend on the ability of your Doctor to archive and store these.  Most likely these will be paper notes, often handwritten.  More information on how to access your medical records and an entire article by CNET on how to keep get and keep track of your medical records, which you can read here.

How do patient portals and PHRs differ?

PHRs are not the same as electronic health records (EHRs), also called electronic medical records (EMRs), which are owned and maintained by governments, doctors’ offices, hospitals or health insurance plans. Some of these EHR’s can be accessed by patient portals.