There is nothing more important than your family's health. Starting from before
birth, we do all we can do to assure a healthy child-prenatal visits, healthy
diet, regular exercise. This is all in our control. After birth, we don't
always retain control of our children's medical information. This information
is scattered in medical records of PCPs, specialist, hospital and labs and it
can be difficult to maintain.
The Department of Health & Human Services encourages the use of Personal
Health Records (PHRs): "Once equipped with the information about their
health and health care choices, consumers will be empowered to co-manage their
health and participate actively in decisions about their care."
The President has set an overarching vision for improving the quality, safety,
and service of health care, and also for using health care resources more
efficiently. PHRs are a key part of this vision. PHRs enable personal medical
information to remain not only with the health care provider, but with the
patient as well. A central repository of medical information is your most
powerful tool in ensuring you and your family receive the most effective and
efficient medical treatments.