Why have a Personal Health Record (PHR)?
Healthcare is a shared responsibility between you, and your healthcare
provider. The truth is - most of the time - it is you who must be the guardian
of your family's health.
Preserve records which are routinely discarded after a period of time, or when
a doctor's office closes
Have records available to share among providers (including dentists, medical
specialists, physical therapists, etc) who frequently don't have the ability to
share medical records directly
Know as much as possible about your family's health so you can make the best
choices when you or a loved one requires treatment.
Correct errors - or omissions from your medical record
Understand your family members' health status. A doctor could have mentioned a
condition you didn't really understand (because of jargon).
Make sure your providers know about your health-relevant activities (e.g.
exercise, travel, etc), your diet, vitamins and dietary supplements, and
family history, as these are all crucial parts of your overall health picture
Reduce your likelihood of becoming a victim of medical error, by having this
information handy when you need it (e.g. in case of an accident)