On the 5th of December, MyMedicalRecords, Inc. has announced that it has received a Notice of Allowance from the United States Patent and Trademark Office for a “Method and System for Providing Online Records.” According to the Website, MyMedicalRecords “is a secure online Personal Health Record that enables you to maintain your medical records and all your other important documents in one central location and access them anytime from anywhere in the world over the Internet.” This company has nearly thirty patents either approved or pending dealing with the electronic storage and dissemination of Electronic Medical Records. A key provision in the Affordable Care Act requires the use of electronic medical records by healthcare professionals. With 80% of the nation’s hospitals and health centers switching to electronic medical records by the end of the year, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services,a uniform standard will need to be decided on and MMR is staging themselves to be that standard. They currently either hold,or are pending on almost thirty different patents related to medical advancements and digital medical records. Aside from pioneering newer and better ways to safely, securely and accurate exchange vital information efficiently, pending litigation with several large companies such as Walgreens and WebMD makes the company difficult to ignore. A lot hangs in the balance.It’s difficult to determine if MyMedicalRecords will completely dominate the conversation while a new digital medical record standard is developed, but there is no doubt that as MMR flexes its muscles in court and in the patent office, we are all paying attention to what they have to say.