Personal health record

What is a personal health record for your child?
A personal health record is simply a collection of information about private health information. If your children have a shot record or a box of medical papers which you keep, you already have a basic health record for them. And you've probably encountered the big drawback of paper records: You rarely have them with you when you need them.

Personal health records are not the same as electronic health records or electronic medical records, which are owned and operated by doctors' offices, hospitals or health insurance plans. There are a growing number of doctors' offices using these systems, and while some practices may limit your access, many allow their patients to access and print their records at any time. Check with your doctor to find out what his or her practice's policies are regarding electronic health records.

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What information goes into a personal health record?

You decide what you put in your child’s personal health record as they grow up. In general, though, it needs to include anything that helps health care providers manage their health and what might be required when you enrol them in school. Start with the basics:

  • Primary care doctor's name and phone number.
  • Allergies, including drug allergies.
  • Medications, including dosages.
  • Chronic health problems, such as high blood pressure, blood glucose.
  • Major surgeries, with dates.
  • Family history.
  • Immunization history.
  • Results of screening tests.
  • Cholesterol level and blood pressure.
  • Exercise and dietary habits.
  • Health goals, such as stopping smoking or losing weight.

You can also add information about what you're doing to prevent disease, such as:
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