Personal Health Records / Care Notebooks
One this site you will a number of resources to help you create a Personal Health Record / Care Notebook for your child who has disabilities, special health care needs or both.
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About Personal Health Records / Care Notebooks
A Care Notebook is an organizing tool for families who have children with special health care needs. Use a Care Notebook to keep track of important information about your child’s health and care. Keeping your own personal health record (PHR) allows you to provide doctors with valuable information that can help improve the quality of care you receive. A PHR can help reduce or eliminate duplicate tests and allow you to receive faster, safer treatment and care in an emergency. In short, a PHR helps you play a more active role in yours and your loved ones’ healthcare.
Types of Personal Health Records / Care Notebooks
- You can simply gather your information and place it in a file folder.
- You can transfer the information to a computer disk, and carry that with you.
- Portable devices are available that allow you to carry the information on a chip inside something called a USB drive, that plugs into most computers.
- Internet-based services offer secure servers that you access from a computer and on which you enter your information. Some of these are free, and for others you may have to pay a fee or subscription.