The Value of Giving Consumers Personal Health Records: "Right now adoption of EMRs ( electronic medical record) is moving slowly. Why worry about PHRs ( personal health record) ?
These are two different services meant for two different types of users. A PHR may have value even if your doctor does not use an EHR. A lot of your medical data is already available electronically and can be brought to your home computer – your medications, lab test results, diagnostic images, procedures and diagnoses. We shouldn't delay using PHRs until all health professionals are using interoperable, connected EMRs – we'll be waiting a long time."