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March/April 2008

Your Personal Health Record

Each and every individual can create a personal health record, one that is secure, transportable and interoperable, to make a difference in his or her health care.

A free-of-charge internet-based PHR option is the CEND PHR, Consumer Empowerment National Demonstration personal health record, sponsored by the American Academy of Family Physicians Center for Health Information Technology.

CEND PHR uses ASTM E 2369, Specification for Continuity of Care Record, and it can exchange data with other systems that support CCR. Once a user registers, he or she fills out the information in the following categories:

  • Personal;
  • Emergency contact;
  • Insurance;
  • Primary physician;
  • Problems;
  • Medications;
  • Allergies;
  • Family history; and
  • Social history.

When all sections are complete, clicking “I’m Done, Show Me My Record” catalogs all information in a style sheet provided by AAFP and the CCR Acceleration Task Force. From there, the information, housed online, can be edited as needed.

Other applications and products also use CCR, for example, Patientrak; Records for Living; VitalKey; and YourTimeMatters. Information and links can be found at the AAFP CHIT by clicking “Continuity of Care Record” and then “CCR Product Compatibility List.”

There’s also a convenient and cost-effective alternative using the ubiquitous, popular lipstick-sized memory sticks used to store and transfer photos and files. Medical records, typically available free of charge from primary care doctors, can easily be scanned, saved and updated. The medical records would be immediately available in the event of an emergency through plugging into the USB port of any computer.