Thursday, July 31, 2008

PHR vendors applauded

Healthcare IT News reports that the AHIC's Consumer Empowerment Panel complimented Microsoft, Google, and Dossia for advancing the use of personal health records. Several health care providers, such as CVS and Longs Drugs, and health plans, such as Kaiser Permanente, recently have announced arrangements with these vendors. Meanwhile, some privacy advocates express concern over the fact that these vendors are not subject to the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules, and Congress is considering a law (the Pro(tech)t Act, HR 6357) that could lead to a change in that status. All three organizations have been participating in the Markle Foundation's Connecting for Health Initiative, and Dr. Deborah Peel, the ne plus ultra of privacy advocates, has endorsed Microsoft's Healthvault project. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

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