Links to resources for creating a personal health record

Published: January, 2009

Making a personal health record can give you and your doctors a complete picture of your health. It can prevent medical errors or reduce duplicate tests. In an emergency, it can provide vital information that may not be immediately available from your doctors. A good general resource is, a Web site sponsored by the American Health Information Management Association.

A personal health record can store everything from basic information about you to copies of x-rays and CT scans. At minimum it should contain:

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  • Research health conditions
  • Check your symptoms
  • Prepare for a doctor's visit or test
  • Find the best treatments and procedures for you
  • Explore options for better nutrition and exercise

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