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Are we headed for a time when all our medical records will be online, easily available to us and to professionals we choose to share them with? Recent news reports indicate that while doctors are slowly moving toward putting their records on the Web, consumers are taking up the practice much more quickly, using services like Medem's iHealthRecord to store their diagnoses, their prescriptions, and other details of their health histories. Parents of children with special needs may find this idea particularly appealing, since it makes telling our kids' story to specialist after specialist -- or to emergency room doctors when we're on vacation -- theoretically easier. What still remains to be seen is whether these records will really be private, and whether doctors will find a way to charge us for this, too. If you're interested in putting information about your child on the internet, whether for ease of recordkeeping or just for sharing your experience, check out these ideas for sharing your story online, and visit About.com's Patient Empowerment site for up-to-date information on electronic patient health and medical record keeping.

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