During your lifetime you will see dozens of physicians each of whom specializes in a different field, and each of whom compiles a separate file of information about your health and medical conditions, including thoughts about their decision making processes. The electronic version of these files, called an EHR, or Electronic Health Record, can help physicians keep track of the examinations they perform, the prescriptions they provide, and the course of recommended treatment for an ailment.

Just like an EHR, Personal Health Records, also known as PHRs, can be extremely beneficial to your health and to the health of those around you. Every time you or a family member sees a doctor, has a new medication prescribed, or develops a known allergy, you can enter this information into one of the online databases that PHR companies provide.  Keeping an updated, complete PHR helps you play an active role in your healthcare, and gives physicians and other healthcare professionals a more accurate presentation of your health history. Continue reading: To PHR or Not to PHR. That is Today’s Question