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When was the last time you had your cholesterol checked? Does your mom's medication interact with ibuprofen … or is it acetaminophen? When exactly was that surgery - 1992 or 1993?

With a Web-based personal health record, or PHR, you can answer these questions anytime and anywhere you have Internet access.

A PHR can help you provide your doctors with a complete picture of your health and the information they need to give you the best care.

A variety of PHRs are available on the Web. Some are free; others are available for purchase or by subscription. The features, security and privacy policies vary between PHR companies, so it is important to compare them carefully when selecting one so your information stays safe. Medicare provides information about PHRs, some things to consider when looking for a PHR and even links to special PHR projects sponsored by Medicare in certain states. Visit www.medicare.gov/phr to learn more.

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