Do all personal health records need to be documented on a computer?

Personal health records (PHRs) are not the same as electronic health records (EHRs). Therefore, you may store your PHR in the form of paper, on a personal computer, on the Internet or on portable devices such as a CD or a flash drive.

A simple file folder with paper copies of your health records can be very valuable in documenting your health. Electronic PHRs may be more efficient than paper, especially now that more physicians have moved to EHRs, but the important thing is to have a single source of your health information, in whatever format you choose to store it. 

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.