What information should my personal health record contain?

Betty Long, RN, MHA
Nursing Specialist

At the very least, we suggest you start with these basic components:

  • Personal identification
  • Emergency contacts, including phone numbers
  • Healthcare provider contacts, including specialists and dentists
  • Health insurance information
  • Living will, advance directive, or power of attorney
  • Organ donor authorization, if any
  • Current medications and dosages
  • Significant illnesses and surgeries, with dates
  • Immunizations and their dates
  • Allergies or other sensitivities
  • Results from most recent physical exam
  • Test results and eye and dental records
  • Family health history
  • Opinions/consultations from specialists
  • Correspondence/letters/phone calls with physicians

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