What is a Personal Health Record and Why Do We Need One?

May 30, 2014 by


A personal health record is an electronic record of a patient’s health maintained solely by the patient and typically contains data not limited to imaging reports (e.g. x-ray), prescription records, surgeries, vaccinations and more.

A personal health record (or PHR) requires the patient stay up to date as it differs from an electronic medical record. The latter is used by medical organizations and routinely has doctors entering in data; a personal health record is related to the care of a patient and is maintained by the patient. The sources of data can be from the patient themselves, from wearable devices that sync with the personal health record and more.

Why You Need a Personal Health Record

It’s YOUR health! Having a personal health record encourages a patient to have a more active role in their health. All lab tests and medical history in one place means patients will be prepared no matter the circumstance.

For example, in our previous blog post, we revealed 72% of the physicians polled believed the average physician prescribes an unnecessary procedure or test at least once a week. If providers knew what tests you’ve already had and had your full history from all your physicians, they would make more informed decisions saving you hassle, potential pain and dollars of unnecessary test or care.

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An example screenshot of an online personal health record

6 Vital Pieces of Information to Include in a Personal Health Record

  1. Basic information – name, birth date, emergency contact information
  2. Blood type
  3. Allergy list
  4. List of medications, dosages and frequency of use
  5. Dates with results of tests and screenings
  6. Family health history

Each of these is important for a complete, comprehensive view of one’s health.

The first step in taking a more active role in your health is to get started and sign up with Zweena Health! We can guide you and your family to success. Book an appointment and our team can answer any questions you may have.

Unnecessary Health Care is a Problem and Doctors Think So, Too

May 28, 2014 by


Choosing Wisely

A recent survey titled Unnecessary Tests and Procedures In the Health Care System conducted by the ABIM Foundation on behalf of the Choosing Wisely initiative tackled the high price of unnecessary tests and procedures. It revealed that 72% of the physicians polled believe the average physician prescribes an unnecessary procedure or test at least once a week. This number correlates with the estimate that of the $2.8 trillion that the United States spends on health each year, one third is wasted on unnecessary care.

The good news? Physicians realize it’s an issue. Of those polled, 73% agreed that the frequency of unnecessary tests and procedures in the health care system is a somewhat serious or very serious problem.

So why are doctors prescribing unnecessary procedures?

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Ranked by State: Potentially Preventable Deaths (Visual Map)

May 15, 2014 by


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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released their report titled Potentially Preventable Deaths from the Five Leading Causes of Death – United States, 2008-2010. This report looked at individuals under the age of 80 who had lost their lives from one of the five leading causes of death. It also includes a mammoth amount of raw data.

An overwhelming amount of raw data.

Numbers can be hard to fully comprehend, so we have created a visual using this data.

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Zweena LLC Supports Vision of Direct Primary Care by Providing Resources for Providers and Patients

May 6, 2014 by


Direct Primary Care

Zweena Health has been watching the growth and momentum of the Direct Primary Care movement for some time. The core values of direct primary care providers align with the values of Zweena Health; empowering patients to take a more active role in their health.

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Visualize Your Health Data with the Zweena Health Dashboard

April 30, 2014 by


Zweena Dashboard

We are excited to unveil a new way to visualize health data available in every Zweena member’s account.

Introducing the Zweena Health Dashboard.

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Patient Portal Vs. Personal Health Record: Why Healthcare Providers Needs Both

April 28, 2014 by


Patient Portals and Personal Health Records

Like so many other aspects of life in the digital age, technology is reshaping the face of the healthcare system. This is true for both physicians and patients. Doctors have more resources available to them than they ever have before. Electronic health records, computerized order entry, and the ability to order tests and check results from computers and mobile devices has vastly improved the quality and speed of delivery of healthcare services.

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Insight From a Direct Primary Care Pioneer: Dr. Neu from NeuCare Family Medicine

April 25, 2014 by


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We had an opportunity to interview a trailblazer in the direct primary care space and jumped at the chance. Dr. Ryan Neuhofel is the owner of NeuCare Family Medicine, a direct primary care provider in Lawrence, Kansas. His practice provides care directly to its members for a simple, flat monthly membership fee that covers the vast majority of health care needs.

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Direct Primary Care Provider Time & Money-Savings Calculator

April 22, 2014 by


I pay my nurse practitioner(s) $a year.

On average I get new patients each month.

Of the pages collected, on average we only need pages for each patient.

Your nurse practitioner doing this would cost you $0 a year.

If Zweena Health collected and digitized your patients’ records it would cost $0.

With Zweena collecting and digitizing your patients’ medical records you would save $0 (0%).

With your current staff and patient intake, Zweena would not be a cost effective solution for you. We’re here when you’re ready to scale your business!

Based on our research, we’re assuming it takes hours to collect one persons records.

How Much Money Would Your Direct Primary Care Clinic Save by Using Zweena?

We know that Zweena Health can help direct primary care providers, but wanted to be able to show doctors and their staff exactly how much. With our Direct Primary Care Provider Time & Money-Savings Calculator, now we can!

Click on the green text to change the values specific to your company’s unique situation and either “tab” or click elsewhere on the page to calculate your company’s savings. Then update the numbers to scope for scalability; how much would Zweena save you now and in the future?

Have feedback about our calculator? Let us know in the comments below! And if you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with us at 1-877-848-4248 or at info@zweenahealth.com.

Cheat Sheet for Signing Up for Healthcare Insurance

March 31, 2014 by

Have you secured health insurance yet?

For those who are aware of the deadlines involved in President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA), you know that today is a very important day.

The open enrollment period ends today, March 31st.

Individual Americans who have not enrolled for health insurance through a health insurance exchange (H.I.E.) or directly from a medical provider by March 31, 2014 will be subject to a fine of $95 per adult and $47.50 per child (max of $285 per family) OR 1% of your taxable income, whichever is greater.

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Cheat Sheet for Signing Up for Healthcare Insurance

March 31, 2014 by

Have you secured health insurance yet?

For those who are aware of the deadlines involved in President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA), you know that today is a very important day.

The open enrollment period ends today, March 31st.

Individual Americans who have not enrolled for health insurance through a health insurance exchange (H.I.E.) or directly from a medical provider by March 31, 2014 will be subject to a fine of $95 per adult and $47.50 per child (max of $285 per family) OR 1% of your taxable income, whichever is greater.

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