We could all stand to know our bodies a little better. Tracking your health may seem like a headache, but it could save you time, pain and money. Not sure how to get started? Try these terms on for size.
Electronic Health Records
Electronic Health Records (EHRs) are safe, confidential records that your doctor, other health care provider, medical office staff or a hospital keeps on a computer about your health care or treatments.
If your providers use electronic health records, they can join a network to securely share your records with each other.
What are the benefits?
- EHRs can help lower the chances of medical errors and eliminate duplicate tests, and they may improve your overall quality of care; and
- EHRs can help your providers have the same up-to-date information about your conditions, treatments, tests and prescriptions.
Personal Health Records
A personal health record contains information about your health that you or your caregiver keep online for easy reference. You control the information in your PHR (and who sees it), and you can get to it anytime with Internet access.
PHRs use secure technology to protect your information from being seen without permission. You'll log in with a unique user ID and password.
Why should I create my own personal health account?
According to the Pew Research Center, one in four adult Internet users track their health online — and there’s a reason. Owning and maintaining a PHR is the first step to putting your health in your hands. A PHR gives healthcare providers the most complete picture of your health so they can provide the most effective, personalized and safest treatment.
With a PHR, your health information stays safe and available no matter where you are or what your circumstances. During catastrophic events such as a natural disaster, a PHR ensures that your healthcare provider and pharmacists health can get the information they need. With a PHR, you can also allow multiple healthcare providers to see your records, ensuring continuity of care with fewer medical errors and duplication of tests.
Get Started with Heart360
The American Heart Association’s Heart360® is a PHR you can use to track your health. You can use Heart360 to enter important health data like blood pressure, cholesterol level, weight and physical activity, and set up text reminders so you remember to enter your readings and take medication. You can even upload your readings directly into Heart360 by replying to the reminder text message.
Heart360 lets you view your progress in trackers that cover:
- blood pressure
- blood glucose
- physical activity
When you first create your account, you’re the only one who can access your information. But your Healthcare providers and volunteer mentors can also create Provider/Volunteer accounts to connect with you and monitor your progress.
You can also message your doctor with any questions or concerns from within Heart360.
The American Heart Association’s My Life Check® assessment is also integrated with Heart360. By answering simple questions in the My Life Check Assessment, you can find out more about your heart health and learn about the simple steps you can take to improve it.
Get started on your road to better heart health! Create a Heart360 account today!