Last Updated: 2022-09-08

Personal Health Records

What is a Personal Health Record?

A Personal Health Record (PHR) is more than just a copy of all your medical information, collected from all of your doctors, hospitals, and health insurance providers etc. It also contains all of the other information which is so important to your health that doctors are usually unaware of - like your dietary habits, sleeping habits, activities (such as smoking, or skydiving), your symptoms, and reactions to medications, etc. It contains anything YOU want.

Why Keep a Personal Health Record?

Healthcare is a shared responsibility between you - the healthcare consumer, and your healthcare provider. The truth is - most of the time - it is you who must be the guardian of your family's health.

What the Experts Say

See what the experts say about Personal Health Records and why they are important.


Find out about government and industry standards on relating to personal health records.

Web References

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