In an emergency, immediate access to your vital health information can mean the difference between life and death. PHRs often help ease the tension and uncertainty about your health and medical history especially during unexpected healthcare encounters. To increase its PHR public outreach, the AHIMA launched the new myPHR.com Web site that will channel important health information to healthcare consumers, including the seven audience segments most inclined to embrace PHRs—parents, students, seniors, caregivers, chronically ill, travelers, and athletes.
Typically, healthcare consumers who actively participate in their own care have better results. The seven populations highlighted on myPHR.com are more apt to quickly realize the benefits of PHRs in managing their health information and their healthcare. For this reason, content and resources on the new Web site have been created to specifically address their needs. Each audience segment features recent news and success stories on health-related topics that are pertinent to a specific community, frequently asked questions are now more relevant to each audience segment, and the helpful links tool has been customized for each audience section. Other new content includes the following:·
• critical information on medical identity theft;
• audience-specific blogs written by accredited HIM professionals;
• blog commenting features for visitor interaction;
• news specific to PHRs and health information; and
• events calendar for nationwide health-related activities.
Visit the new myPHR.com for information on creating and maintaining your own PHR. The Web site provides public education on privacy and security issues, free health forms, videos of personal PHR stories, glossary of terms, PHR products and services, and more.