A Personal Health Record (PHR) is controlled by the individual, and can be shared with others, including caregivers, family members and providers. This is different from a provider's electronic health record, which is controlled by the provider just as paper medical records are today. Ideally, a Personal Health Record will have a fairly complete summary of an individual's health and medical history based on data from many sources, including information entered by the individual. You should make sure you enter special information that is important to you, such as:
PHRs can also work with your doctor's Electronic Health Record (EHR). By connecting the two systems you can receive real-time information from your doctor, like lab results and prescription information, and can also feedback information from your PHR, like over-the-counter medication you are taking and other medical facts you have collected, to your doctor.