With recently launched platforms like Google Health and Microsoft’s HealthVault, it is now possible to keep your health records in a centralized location online. You can store your records (prescriptions, medical devices, lab results, immunizations, etc.) find a doctor, search to learn about your condition, and more. You can also share this information with family, doctors, hospitals, and pharmacists.
In addition to the convenience of having all your personal health information in one place (all of it that you choose to put there, that is) using the service can help avoid errors and duplication in the records, alert you about drug interactions and allergy information, and allow you to import information directly from providers like hospitals, pharmacies, and labs.