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Using My Family Health Portrait you can:
- Enter your family health history.
- Print your family health history to share with family or your health care worker.
- Save your family health history so you can update it over time.
Why is family health history useful?
Your family health history can help your health care practitioner provide better care for you. It can help identify whether you have higher risk for some diseases. It can help your health care practitioner recommend actions for reducing your personal risk of disease. And it can help in looking for early warning signs of disease.
What would you want the ER doctor to know about you, or your loved one? And how would you tell them? Let us know in the comments below.
Lee Howard produced this YouTube video to share her experience and endorse electronic medical records as an alternative to paper. She had scheduled a visit to the Mayo Clinic to help with a difficult diagnosis and was worried sick because her twin sister died earlier. She thought she might have the same thing. The clinic asked for a thorough medical history, but the records were spread everywhere and were in paper form. Lee’s nursing background gave her insight into how to gather and present them in a binder for the medical staff.
On June 24th, Google announced that it’s retiring its Electronic Medical Records (EMR) project, Google Health, with personal data available for download through 2012. Google created the service to give people access to their personal health and wellness information. They hoped to translate their success in other consumer-centered domains into healthcare but were apparently disappointed in slower than expected adoption rates.
Google Health was one of several EHR/EMR products described in an article by Shannon Martin, Choosing a service for Electronic Personal Health Records.
Personal Health Records (PHRs) or Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) are undoubtedly the next wave in our ever expanding “online life”. According to Medicare.gov, “ A personal health record (PHR) is a confidential and easy-to-use tool for managing information about your health. A PHR is usually an electronic file or record of your health information and recent services, such as your medical conditions, allergies, medications, and doctor or hospital visits that can be stored in one place, and then shared with others, as you see fit. You control how the information in your PHR is used and who can access it. PHRs are usually used on the Internet so that you can look up your information wherever you are.” Typically the term EMR is used to refer to the records held by other parties (doctor, hospital, insurance company), just like you old medical chart. However, you will often see the terms used interchangeably.