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Creating a Personal Medical Record (Audio/Video item)

Navigating the Health Care System

Creating a personal medical record can help you receive better medical care. This record ensures your medical history is available in an emergency and may be the only place where all your medical information – including insurance information; lab results; the names and phone numbers of doctors; and details of injuries, illnesses, surgeries, allergies, and treatments – is available in one document. This video provides experts, including Carolyn M. Clancy, M.D., Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, discussing how to create a personal medical record, including what information you should include, who should have access to it, and new technologies that may help you create and store your information. For more information on Health Information Technology, visit

Creating a Personal Medical Record (SWF) [ Flash media file- 4 min. 39 sec.]

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Page last reviewed December 2010
Internet Citation: Creating a Personal Medical Record: Navigating the Health Care System. December 2010. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.


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