Electronic Health Records (EHRs) are now a vital part in improving our healthcare system. 

By 2015 we will see a large shift in electronic charting due to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Once medical practices have a paperless office- what’s next? Personal Health Records.

Right now PHRs are not the most important topic of conversation.  However, PHRs will emerge soon.  Individuals will want to have the capability of reviewing, authorizing and managing their own health records.  This means, you are in control of your health documents.  With a PHR you can keep any type of medical information, such as prescriptions, doctor visits, emergency information, etc.

There are three different ways that you can store your personal health record: hard drive, online subscription services, or free online PHR services.

With a hard drive, you are able to secure all of your health records on a thumb drive and carry it around at all times.  In this instance, you must develop your own records.  The only disadvantage with this method is medical identity theft. 

Online subscription services are services that you pay a monthly fee for to input your information in a system that has already been designed to store your medical information.  Since it is stored online, you have the ability to easily retrieve your information.

Free online PHR services are the same thing as an online subscription service; however, you do not need to pay the monthly fee. 

Start doing your research on PHRs.  Within the next few years we will begin to hear about them more often.