Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Take control of your healthcare with Peirce College’s personal health record workshop

CREATING A PHR: Join us on May 28 to learn more about
the benefits of having a PHR. 
A personal health record is a valuable tool that can help ensure that your healthcare needs are being properly met, as well as help you look after the health of someone in your care. A personal health record, whether it be electronic or on paper, is your own account of your medical records. To help you take an active role in monitoring your health, the College is presenting a free workshop on how to build and maintain your personal health record on Thursday, May 28 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in College Hall, room 41.

The workshop will be presented by Stephanie Donovan, MBA, RHIA. Stephanie is a regional leader in healthcare education, and serves as the faculty chair of Health Programs here at Peirce. She is also a member of AHIMA’s Council for Excellence in Education, and past State Advocacy Coordinator for PHIMA.

During the workshop, Stephanie will elaborate on how creating your own personal health record can help you:
  • Improve the quality of your healthcare. Maintaining a personal health record requires patients to take a more active and participative role in their own healthcare. Having an increased knowledge of your own medical background sets the foundation for an educated conversation with your doctor, resulting in more productive visits and check-ups.
  • Reduce healthcare costs. One of the main advantages of a personal health record is that it empowers patients to secure documentation for the care they receive on an ongoing basis. This helps reduce costs because it rules out redundancy in routine or specialty medical work. For example, say your physician recommends lab work. With a personal health record, you could simply check and see if you’ve had this lab work done recently, saving you the cost of having it done again unnecessarily.
  • Have complete and updated information available during an emergency. While all patients can take advantage of maintaining a personal health record, those managing chronic conditions are especially positioned to benefit from them. For example, if you are managing a condition like diabetes and are traveling, having your medical records available in an emergency to present to the care provider will give the professionals the snapshot of your history that they need to make the right decisions. In a more dire situation, in which a patient became unconscious, their caregiver would be equipped to help doctors with a personal health record.
  • Track appointments and vaccinations. Similar to the point made above, it is common for patients to receive and pay for – unbeknownst to the physician—redundant vaccinations. If you are ever in an emergency situation, a doctor might ask if you’re up-to-date on your shots. If you’re unsure, a hospital might recommend you receive them anyway, to be safe. This can be avoided by keeping track of appointments and vaccinations and making sure those records are easily accessible.
  • Acquire an immediate knowledge base of their rights and responsibilities as patients. Healthcare consumers might not know that the information contained within the medical record that doctors use are their own property. Attending this workshop will help you feel empowered when consulting doctors and making important medical decisions.
We hope to see you there! This event is open to the public, but seating is limited! To join us for this important workshop, secure your spot by visiting or calling 215.670.9215.