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Medicare’s Free Personal Health Record Empowers South Carolinians

My Personal Health Record, South Carolina (MyPHRSC) is a Medicare pilot project that provides South Carolina residents with Original Medicare in South Carolina with free access to an electronic Personal Health Record. A Personal Health Record (PHR) is a collection of information about a person’s health or the health care services and may be in paper or electronic formats.

MyPHRSC is an electronic Personal Health Record that is pre-populated with 24 months of Medicare claims for care received in South Carolina. This innovative tool provides registered users with one convenient location to track their Medicare hospitalizations, diagnosed conditions, and visits. Additionally, users are encouraged to personalize their information by adding medications, allergies, non-Medicare health care services, and their own notes. Users may access their information via the internet 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The tool conforms to Medicare’s strict privacy and security safeguards.

MyPHRSC also provides useful tools for users such as; a Wallet Card that contains important information in a compact format, a Family Health History Tool which allows users to create a comprehensive family health history, a Health Tracker tool to track specific health measures, a Medication Checker which compares medications for potential medication conflicts, links to useful websites for health-related information, and a News feature with articles about specific health topics.

“I was traveling in an RV over the summer in Oregon. While I was on the trip, I fell. My daughter knew that I carried the MyPHRSC wallet card and retrieved it from my wallet and passed it on to the emergency room physician. The MyPHRSC wallet card was a lifesaver and I use my Personal Health Record regularly!” John, Lexington County

Additionally, through a simple process, users can authorize representatives, such as a provider or family member to have access to their PHR. Users may choose to give these authorized representatives full or limited access to their record

As of June, 2010 there are over 4,700 registered users in South Carolina with at least two registered users in every County.

“I think it’s fun to get into my record. It’s good exercise for the mind. I like reviewing my information and personalizing it so it works best for me. I especially like the fact that all of my medications are listed in my record and they’re easy to find.” Mary, Charleston County

Residents of South Carolina with Original Medicare can create their free PHR at any time by visiting on the web. For additional questions, send an email to, or call (888) 697-4772.

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