PHR Systems

As of 2011, while use of PHR systems by consumers in the U.S. continues to grow, it is still fairly low (less than 10%). The following are links to selected public domain or 'open source' personal health record (PHR) systems:     Videos
  • AHIMA myPHR - The official web site used by AHIMA to share information, knowledge, and guidance about personal health record (PHR) systems with the public and help them better understand and manage their personal health.
  • My Family Health Portrait - This web-based tool distributed by the Surgeon General office helps users organize family history information, save it to their personal computer,  and then print it out for presentation to their family doctor.
  • HealtheMe - An open source PHR system developed as part of a Medicaid eHealth transformation initiative for use in West Virginia – now used in other states also.
  • Indivo - An emerging open source PHR system originally developed for use in Children's Hospital in Boston.
  • iHealth Record - A PHR  solution originally developed by Medem that enables patients to build, manage, and securely share their personal health information with health care providers that are members of the Medfusion Physician Network.
  • MS HealthVault   - A free, online PHR system offered by Microsoft that also connects with a wealth of online health information and tools to help you manage your family's health.
  • My HealtheVet - A free, online PHR system developed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for use by veterans.
  • PHR News on Google - A Google search list of news and information about PHR systems.
  • Tolven ePHR - Enables consumers to record and selectively share healthcare information about themselves and their family members in a secure manner.
* Links to other open source PHR systems will continue to be added. Also, a comprehensive list of open source health IT systems (HIT) is posted on Wikipedia - see Wikipedia List of Open Source Healthcare Software

Articles by the Webmaster on collaborative, 'open source' personal health record (PHR) systems and other selected reports:

Consumers & PHR Systems

Americans pay more attention and become more engaged in their health and medical care when they have easy access to their health information online. This is one of the findings of a national survey of the public's use of and attitudes toward health IT — in particular personal health records (PHRs). However, only 7% of adults currently use a PHR, though the numbers are growing steadily.   -  See CHCF Report on Consumers & Health IT Systems 2010

YouTube My HealtheVet PHR Video

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Numerous studies have placed PHR use at about 7%, a number that has remained consistent in recent years. A 2010 study by the California Healthcare Foundation found that although only 7% of patients were using a PHR, more than 50% said they would be likely to use one if a physician recommended it.  -  Perspectives in Health Information Management

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