This is great way to review how electronic medical records have evolved.  There’s a timeline to follow to get a  summarized report. 

The report was prepared by Health It.Gov.  The page has a “patient focus” with providing information on how stepping in to the electronic data age will improve the health for all.  Along with an EHR or an EMR, the focus is now to bring the patients into the fold to work with their clinicians and a PHR is good way to open up that line of communication.

“How do electronic health records (EHRs) connect you and your doctor? In the past, medical data was only stored on paper, making it difficult for your health care providers to share your information. Between 2001 and 2011, the number of doctors using an EHRsystem grew about 57%, making it easier for you and all of your doctors to coordinate your care, and often reducing the chance of medical errors. Where are electronic health records headed? In this Infographic, view the history of electronic health records and see how they may improve your health and health care in the future.”