How is a medical record different from a personal health record?

Medical records contain information about your health compiled and maintained by your healthcare providers. A personal health record (PHR) is information about your health compiled and maintained by you. The difference rests in how you use your PHR to improve the quality of your healthcare. Medical records are legal documents. A PHR is not a legal document.

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