PHRs the Topic in HIMSS Digital Office

November 30, 2007

In the lastest issue of HIMSS Digital Office there are articles quoting two Cleveland CIO/CMIOs on PHRs. Dr. Harris of the Cleveland Clinic discussing the PHR/EHR integration as a culture change for his institution and states that “As more media, consumer, and provider attention is paid to the personal health record as both a concept and a tool, it is perhaps inevitable that PHR products of various quality and usefulness will arrive in the market place.”

Holly Miller, MD, MBA, the CMIO of University Hospitals of Cleveland and chair of the HIMSS PHR committee, discusses the push toward PHRs from Pay for Performance and about the future of PHRs, states, “a portable, interoperable PHR that is owned and controlled by the patient may provide healthcare consumers with necessary tools to better manage their health and wellness throughout their lives.”

There are also excellent articles on privacy and PHRs, and discussion of some products including Microsoft’s HealthVault which is not so much a PHR as a health information integrator.

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