About 64% of survey respondents said they did not know what a personal health record was, and of those who did, a mere 11% are using one, according to a July 2007 survey by the Financial Planning Association and Aetna. Patients have the ability to access and add information to their own medical records now, but many don't and providers are sometimes reluctant to rely solely on information provided by patients. The medical industry is a "highly litigious business and we're also in a business where bad information can mean severe consequences, so we remain cautious," said Dr. Robert J. Jackson of Western Wayne Physicians.

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