Electronic personal health records (PHRs) are a new twist on an old concept. Traditionally, patients often collected their physicians' contact details, health-related reports, well-baby books, and specialist letters at home in a file cabinet or shoebox. With the wide availability of personal computers, these collections could go digital, providing patients with a summary of their health records and including the care they received. The intended goal was that patients might more actively manage their health care needs.
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