Patients can use Personal Health Record to maintain and manage their health information in a private, secure, and confidential environment.
Personal Health Record can include information from a variety of sources including clinicians, home monitoring devices, and patients themselves.
This stands in contrast to the more widely used Electronic Medical Record, which is operated by institutions (such as hospitals) and contains data entered by clinicians or billing data to support insurance claims.
The intention of a Personal Health Record is to provide a complete and accurate summary of an individual's medical history which is accessible online. The health data on a Personal Health Record might include patient-reported outcome data, lab results, data from devices such as wireless electronic weighing scales or collected passively from a smartphone.