Every time an individual sees a doctor or visits a hospital, clinic, or health care facility, a record of their health information is kept. From allergies and vaccinations to past consultations and procedures, information is recorded to help nurses and other health care professionals treat their patients quickly, safely, and effectively. All of the information related to an individual’s health is compiled into what we call a health record.

With so much health data tracked over such a long period of time, individuals end up accumulating several different health records, especially as they enter adulthood. Family practitioner, cardiologist, allergist, surgeon, chiropractor—the list of health care providers one sees throughout his or her life can be extensive. In fact, the various elements of an individual’s health record are likely scattered across those providers—possibly residing in numerous cities— and are kept in various combinations of paper and electronic record-keeping formats.


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