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FOR RELEASE: December 29, 2005
CONTACT: Pamela Williams
Office of Communications
405/271-5601

Speaker to Discuss How to Keep Your Own Personal Health Record

How to access, manage and protect your personal health records will be the topic of discussion at the January 2006 meeting of the Oklahoma Arthritis Network (OAN). The subject “Your Personal Health Information: How to Access, Manage and Protect It” will discuss the individual need and responsibility to keep your own personal health records and those of family in your immediate care, especially children and the elderly.

The OAN meeting will be held on Thursday, Jan. 12, at 2 p.m., at the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH), 1000 N.E. 10th Street, Room 314, Oklahoma City. The meeting is free and open to the public.

The personal health record includes anything that affects health, including information that doctors may not have, such as your exercise regimen, dietary habits, and over-the-counter medications. Sharing this information with all of your health care providers involved can improve the quality of care you receive.

Guest speaker, Deresa Claybrook, MS, RHIT is an expert in her field. She has over 25 years in the healthcare industry, including practical experience as a coder, medical records director, human resource director, an instructor, and as a long-term care administrator.

The OAN features speakers and presentations for the public to help maximize the quality of life for Oklahomans with arthritis and related health conditions through developing resources, promoting access to health care and offering public health education programs. To learn more information about arthritis, as well as upcoming OAN speakers, presentations, and activities available, contact Marisa New, coordinator of the OSDH Arthritis Prevention and Education Program, at (405) 271-9444, ext. 56410, or email her at marisan@health.state.ok.us.

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