While many consumers remain skeptical of personal health records, advocates say these tools can help patients manage medical data and interact with doctors. Here's a look at nine popular PHR offerings.
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Microsoft HealthVault is proud of its status as an untethered PHR. Patient advantages include the ability to store and manage personal health care data and take it with you even if you move, change doctors, or have multiple doctors at different hospitals. Almost 300 applications are linked to the HealthVault platform, including apps that manage allergies, diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension. In addition, HealthVault connects end users with more than 70 devices, such as blood pressure and blood glucose monitors, weight scales, pedometers, and peak flow meters, enabling consumers to track and share their health information as they wish.