PHR Report Card from Patient Privacy Rights - Google Health Gets D/F, No More Clipboard Gets Only A?

A "PHR" is a Personal Health Record.  PHRs can collect and store official records, labs, tests, and claims data directly deposited by providers.  They can also store other health-related data such as heart rate, glucose levels, medications, allergies, exercise habits, lifestyle, sexual history, personal notes and other data you create.

The term 'PHR' implies you control this type of electronic health record - because its 'personal,' it's yours.  But that is simply not true of all PHRs.

How much control do you really have?

Think twice about who you allow to see, use, or control your most sensitive, personal health records, from DNA to prescriptions. Patient Privacy Rights (PPR) did our best to decode PHR privacy policies and spell out what control you have over your information.  PPR makes no recommendations on specific PHRs.  The Report Card is our opinion based on the information available on these companies' websites.

From: "Patient Privacy Rights: PHR Report Card - Home."

Worth a detailed read. Some PHRs, as noted by the study, are really EHRs or EMRs (electronic health or electronic medical records) reskinned as 'personal.'

In short, this sector is a long way from maturity. There are still huge problems to solve in the space.

Mixed feelings = both sad and energized by these reviews; upset because it means we've still go so far to go and energized because it means Contagion is on the right track.

Posted via web from Jen's Posterous

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