Individuals can create personal health records in folders, on USB drives or using web-based programs. The records can also be kept at health care facilities, insurance offices, place of employment or commercial facilities that specialize in records management, states the American Health Information Management Association.
Personal health records can be kept by an individual or a service provider. Companies that offer record keeping services charge a fee, while web-based services typically require a subscription. Unlike personal and web-based filing of such records, where information can be accessed and edited any time, PHR service providers have strict policies and practices that govern access of information, claims the AHIMA.