A survey of about 1,200 consumers in February 2011 found that 7 percent have used a personal health record, with 51 percent saying they have not been exposed to the idea of using PHRs. Those numbers are almost identical to a survey conducted in 2006 by the same research firm, IDC Health Insights.

A new report from the Framingham, Mass.-based firm includes survey results and analysis of the progress that three PHR initiatives with differing strategies--Dossia, Google Health and Microsoft HealthVault--have made in recent years.

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