Organize Your Family’s Health Records

As Krissy wrote in her blog post about Mommy Guilt, there are all different kinds of moms out there and we’re all good at different things. Well, I’m one of those super-organized Moms. My kids know that in our house, everything has its place and there’s a place for everything. I just feel like our household runs more smoothly and everyone (especially Mom!) is happier when we’re all organized. When I read an article in Parents magazine about organizing your health records, I was super excited. Who knew there was an area of my life I hadn’t organized yet?!

Businessman Filing InformationMy current system consists of numerous manila files (neatly stored away of course!) but after reading the article, I realized there’s an even better way to organize! A number of online and computer-based programs exist that no only allow for easy access to records when you need them, they also allow you to easily provide medical information to caregivers and doctors when needed.

Not sure where to start in choosing a Personal Health Record (PHRs)?. You can find a full list at myPHR.com.

Experts recommend collecting and storing medical information for the last two years for each family member. Immunizations should include very immunization since birth and if a family member has a chronic health condition, is helpful to have more than 2 years of information. If this seems too daunting, consider storing at least the following information for each family member:

 

– Dates of immunizations
– Blood typing
– Lab results, such as cholesterol and blood-pressure readings, Pap smears, and mammograms
– Results of recent checkups, including height, weight, and body mass index (BMI). Also include children’s growth-chart percentiles.
– List of chronic health conditions (such as asthma, ADHD, and diabetes), including treatments, prescription names, and dosages
– Allergies and sensitivities to medications, foods, and materials
– History of hospitalizations (which the hospital’s medical-records department can provide)

 

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