re: Despite Flaws, Personal Health Records Are Smart Medicine
The failure of the Microsoft & Google PHR initiative should make it obvious that folks don't want this.
Apparently there is a limit to how much privacy people are willing to give up.
Your premise that "...most healthy Americans don't care all that much about their health-- they take it for granted" is BS.
My family & I are healthy...because we care - if I took it for granted I'd probably weigh 250 pounds. I'm not aware of anyone in my circle of friends that takes their health for granted.
I don't like the idea of a PHR for the privacy/paranoid reasons mentioned.
That said, there are obviously people with certain health situations that a PHR would benefit. Heck is a low-tech bracelet can help a diabetic, a PHR stored in that bracelet may even be better.
Realize those with certain health situations, like diabetes, seem to be less concerned about privacy. A good friend growing up, a diabetic, had needles at everyone's home...even in my glove box, which does take some explaining when pulled over by the police.
The point being, a diabetic knows it is beneficial for people to be aware of their condition - this is not the case for healthy individuals or others.
Just because something is smart to do, does not mean people will want to do it.