Electronic health records (EHRs) started as way for doctors to organize their records, make ordering more convenient, reduce repetitive tasks, reduce errors caused by bad writing and so on. However, the physician side of EHRs has been somewhat slow to catch on because of the huge barriers to entry, such as converting existing records, changing the way documentation gets done and the cost of implementing a comprehensive system. Recent government financial incentives are, however, boosting acceptance of the MD office-based electronic medical record.
On the consumer side, some of the same issues have hindered large scale adoption of EHRs. First of all, it takes a long time to input the information and secondly, the record is only useful if it is kept up to date, placing a lot of pressure on people to manage the information correctly. Furthermore many people simply aren’t that comfortable handling medical information. However, as technology has improved, especially with mobile applications that make it easy for the user to retreive and enter data, the use and value of EHRs for consumers has grown.
Most families keep some kind of health records, even if it’s just copies of medical reports, a vaccination record or claims documents. Unfortunately, that kind of record keeping isn’t all that helpful when you’re in a doctor’s office and you can’t remember when you got your last tetanus shot or when you get home from a visit you realize that you wanted to ask about a strange symptom that developed after you started on your new prescription.
Storing information electronically can improve accuracy, provide information where you need it, when you need it and allow you to analyze yours or your family’s health, e.g., reviewing a chart of blood pressure readings or weights. Utilizing an electronic health record can do all of that for you and much, much more.
Here's our picks for the EHR that may work for you! Most are subscription services, some are free, but whatever you use, having your health and medical records and those of your family at your fingertips is an invaluable service, especially in an emergency.
ALL your records from ALL your doctors.
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Clean, patient-friendly health timeline.
CheckUp is the source for improving health and wellness in your family. There is nothing more important than the
health of your family. A personal health record makes this health information accessible at all times.
Digital Health Scorecard
Calculate your personal health score and better understand how small changes can lead to a healthier, happier life.
App helps you manage your personal medical information. It''s designed to be used when you visit your doctor, as an at-a-glance summary of your critical medical history, and as a reference tool throughout your visit. It''s so simple to use that it''s silly not to use it.
Regardless of your age, gender or health condition, GlobalPatientRecord is an online personal health record (PHR) that gives you and your loved ones flexibility and control of your confidential medical information online.
Health-Minder software is a Family Health Information Manager for Windows that organizes personal and pet medical records and helps you learn new ways to monitor family health.
Healthagen has developed the world’s leading online and mobile platform designed to help you take charge of your health and make the most informed decisions, from researching symptoms to locating local providers when you need them, and providing a hub where you can store and access your personal health information.
A safe, secure place for all your health information, Immunizations, procedures, allergies and more: store your health activity in a HIPAA-secure environment online and access to it all at the click of a button or the pinch of a mobile device. We’ll sort it for you, timeline-style, to make it easy to present to your doctor at in-person appointments.
When it's your job to protect your family's health, you need every advantage. Imagine if you had a way to collect, store, and share the health information critical to your family's well-being.
iBlueButton is the mobile embodiment of the Blue Button initiative to enable patients to easily access and share their health records with their physicians, anywhere and anytime.
Developed specifically for your iPhone and iPod Touch platforms as a digital medical assistant to manage patient records.
Since its inception, SGMS has been adding features and functionality to it array of products, and has recently added their newest PHR (Portable Health Record) or EMR (Electronic Medical Record), the Dog-Tag PHR. In sizes from 2gb up to 32 Gigs of storage, this new and novel product was fashioned after the WW II dog tags worn by the GI's in service.
Manage your personal health information with state-of-the-art HIPAA compliant, SSPP technology. You can upload your medical records from doctors, hospital, clinics, pharmacies and labs. And, you can track your diet, fitness, and overall wellness goals '' then access your information online by cell, PDA or flash drive.
MedXCom was founded in 2010 by three physicians who wanted to improve communication between health care providers and their patients by using current technology. They teamed up with a sophisticated group of Health IT developers to create a Communications System which allows health care providers and patients to securely communicate in a State-of-the-Art, cost-effective way while abiding by HIPAA standards.
Finally, a new way to own your health care experience. With Minerva Health Manager, you'll have a powerful personal health record software solution that places your complete health history at your fingertips: medical tests, diagnoses, conditions, x-rays, medications, allergies, and much more.
My Family Health Portrait
Information you provide creates a drawing of your family tree and a chart of your family health history. Both the chart and the drawing can be printed and shared with your family members or your healthcare professional.
App makes it easy to store and retrieve the information doctors typically request in order to provide you with the kind of care you deserve.
My HealtheVet is a free, online Personal Health Record that empowers Veterans to become informed partners in their health care. With My HealtheVet, America's Veterans can access trusted, secure, and current health and benefits information as well as record, track and store important health and military history information at their convenience.
My Life Record
App allows you to keep track of your medical records like never before possible. Everything from medical imaging, charts, medications and even lab results can now be accessed and shared all via your iPhone. Never before has your official medical record been so easy to organize and track.
My Personal Health Record
This App is a free secure and confidential service that allows users to keep health information organized, accurate and in one place.
myCheckUp is an all-in-one application to easily track vital signs: weight, body fat, blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, body temperature, blood markers, body measurements. You can also create your own fields (e.g. calories, workout time, medications, additional markers, etc.) and enter daily notes.
App keeps track of your personal medical information in one convenient place.
All of your medical records made availablesecurely online, accessible anytime, anywhere.
Are your health records accessible to you when you need them? Get instant and secure access to your health information 24/7 anywhere in the world via the internet. Take control of your health information today. It could save your life!
Vital Data Technology develops emergency medical information systems that share accurate and timely data with the right people in an emergency.
Your vital information is available to first responders via telephone or internet.
The SynChart Health Record Service is dedicated to
providing you with a safe, secure, accurate and readly
available personal health record.