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Take Charge of Your Health Care

Speak up and ask questions. You can improve your care and the care of your family by taking an active role in your health care.

Review Date: January 16, 2013

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Frequently Asked Questions about Personal Health Records (PHRs)

You may have many questions when it comes to your health information, from access to protection. This document provides you with answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about personal health records (PHRs).

Review Date: February 18, 2011

American Health Information Management Association

HIPAA - Frequently Asked Questions

The HIPAA Privacy Rule protects the privacy of your health information; it says who can look at and receive your health information, and also gives you specific rights over that information.

Review Date: January 16, 2013

Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Accessing Your Health Information with the Blue Button

The Blue Button signifies that you can get easy, secure electronic access to your own health information in a format you can use. Through the Blue Button, you may have access to your claims or personal health information that is maintained by your doctors, hospitals, health plans, and others.

Review Date: March 12, 2013

Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

Choose a Personal Health Record (PHR)

Individuals can create their own PHRs, or may be offered one by a variety of sources, such as a healthcare provider, insurer, employer or a commercial supplier of PHRs. Each supplier has different policies and practices regarding how they may use data they store for the individual.

Review Date: February 15, 2011

American Health Information Management Association

Common Privacy Myths

There may be confusion with federal laws protecting the privacy of health information. Learn how your information can be shared and by whom.

Review Date: February 16, 2011

American Health Information Management Association

Fact Sheet on Health IT- (PDF)

The term, health information technology, refers to the electronic system health care professionals and patients use to store, share and analyze health information. Find out how Health IT can free you to focus on your health instead of on the everyday hassles of managing your health care.

Review Date: March 12, 2013

Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

Health IT for You - Giving You Access to Your Medical Records (Videos)

Today's technology is converting the information in our paper records into an electronic format which allows you and your doctors to have access to your health information when and where it's needed. Learn more about the benefits of health IT.

Review Date: March 12, 2013

Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

HealthIT.gov: Patients and Families

Learn how health information technology can lead to safer, better, and more efficient health care. Find tools and tips on protecting your health information privacy.

Review Date: January 16, 2013

Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

Helpful Links - PHR

This page links to non-profit and government Web sites regarding personal health information.

Review Date: February 16, 2011

American Health Information Management Association

How Can I Use Health IT and eHealth Tools to Manage My Health?

Find tools to help you access wellness resources, maintain your medical records, find quality health information resources, and more.

Review Date: March 12, 2013

Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

How to Create a Personal Health Record (PHR)

A personal health record (PHR) is a collection of important information about an individual health or the health of someone who is cared for, such as a parent or a child, which he/she actively maintains and updates. This document describes what information a PHR should contain.

Review Date: February 16, 2011

American Health Information Management Association

How To File a Complaint: Health Information Privacy

Learn how to file a complaint if you believe that a health plan or any health care provider violated your (or someone else’s) health information privacy rights.

Review Date: November 05, 2012

Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Keep It With You: Personal Medical Information Form

In an emergency situation, people may not be able to get to their medical records. The “Keep It With You” (KIWY) Personal Medical Information Form may be downloaded and used for people who need care during disasters and emergency situations.

Review Date: April 29, 2012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Medicare.gov: Getting Started

Try Medicare's free, secure online service for accessing personalized information regarding your Medicare benefits and services.

Review Date: November 14, 2012

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

My Family Health Portrait

Talking with your health care worker about your family health history can help you stay healthy! The My Family Health Portrait is a tool you can use to enter, print, and confidentially share your family health history with family members or your health care worker.

Review Date: December 19, 2012

Office of the Surgeon General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

My Medicine Record- (PDF)

Use this handy form to keep track of all your medicines - their names, descriptions, dosages, directions, prescribers, start and stop dates, and more.

Review Date: February 24, 2012

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

myPHR

Learn how to create a personal health record (PHR) and take an active role in monitoring your health and healthcare. This site offers helpful tools and information about your medical information and privacy rights, plus community blogs for parents, seniors, caregivers, athletes, and travelers.

Review Date: February 18, 2011

American Health Information Management Association

Replacing Your Vital Documents

Most important personal records can be replaced. This page presents links to information on what to do to replace vital documents, including drivers' licenses and vehicle registration, immigration documents, military records, and more.

Review Date: March 11, 2013

U.S. General Services Administration

Right to Access Medical Records

The HIPAA Privacy Rule gives you rights over your health information and sets rules and limits on who can look at and receive your health information. Get answers to common questions about who can access to your medical records.

Review Date: January 16, 2013

Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Understanding HIPAA Privacy: For Consumers

Learn about the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule, a Federal law that gives you rights and sets limits on who can look at and receive your health information.

Review Date: January 16, 2013

Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

What Is a Personal Health Record?

The personal health record (PHR) is a tool that you can use to collect, track and share past and current information about your health. Learn the differences between a medical record and PHR, and how to use your PHR to improve the quality of your healthcare.

Review Date: February 15, 2011

American Health Information Management Association

What Is an Electronic Medical Record? (EMR)

An electronic medical record (EMR) is a digital version of a paper chart that contains all of a patient’s medical history from one medical practice. An EMR is mostly used by health care providers for diagnosis and treatment. Learn about the benefits of EMR's.

Review Date: March 12, 2013

Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

What is e-Health?

E-Health refers to using electronic (“e”) technology — computerization, digitization, the Internet — for improving or managing your health. Learn about e-Health tools and your rights to access and manage your health information.

Review Date: September 09, 2011

Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

Your Mobile Device and Health Information Privacy and Security

Physicians, health care providers and other health care professionals are using smartphones, laptops and tablets in their work. Find tips and information here to help you protect and secure health information when using mobile devices.

Review Date: March 12, 2013

Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology