Wednesday, July 16, 2014


Hi everyone, I hope you are all having a great summer!  It is going too quickly, but I am enjoying every minute of it.

With so many people traveling in the summer I thought it would be the perfect time to talk about the PHR (Personal Health Record).  You will be learning more about the PHR in a couple of your HIM courses, but for many of you the PHR may a new concept.  Basically, a personal health record is just what the name implies.  It is the process of keeping parts of your medical record and health information at home, for your own use.  This can be done in many ways; by writing down information learned at Dr. appointments, by collecting copies of your medical record from the places where you were a patient, or by saving information from the patient portal available through your clinic or hospital.  You can keep this information in a folder, 3-ring binder, on a flash-drive, scanned to your computer, etc.  The way it is done is your individual choice.

AHIMA is a strong advocate of the PHR.  They believe we should all have one – especially the elderly, those with chronic illnesses, children, and everyone who travels.  To learn more about the PHR you can go to:

Also, here is a blog posting from a Past-President of AHIMA that talks about the PHR’s importance during travel.

I hope you enjoy this new information!  Travel safely!

Cindy (Glewwe) Edgerton, M.Ed., RHIA  

Director, Health Information Management Program

Charter Oak State College

55 Paul J. Manafort Drive

New Britain, CT 06053

(Ph.) 860-515-3833

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