Perspective: WIS editorial on personal health records

Wouldn't it be nice to have all your personal health records available in one convenient place?  Well, that is now possible through a pilot project called My Personal Health Record. Launched by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, it is designed to encourage the use of electronic health care records. One goal of the project is to reduce medical errors, an issue most of us can identify with.

AARP South Carolina is urging residents of our state to sign up for My Personal Health Record, and as of September, more than 2,700 people had registered. It gives them free internet access to the previous 24 months of their Medicare information. Hospitalizations, doctor visits and medical conditions are noted, as well as information users may wish to enter on their own, including allergies, immunizations, medications and non-Medicare services they may have received.

The site is easy to navigate, and users will also be able to decide just who has access to their personal health records. South Carolina residents with Medicare Part A or B can sign up for the project by going to or call 1-888-697-4772 toll free with questions.

That's my perspective.  We'd like to hear from you!