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PHRs: Potentially powerful consumer tool must clear interoperability hurdles

Due to the entry of Google and Microsoft into the healthcare field, interest in and access to personal health records (PHR) will likely continue to grow. But what are PHRs and what do they mean to consumerism?

Despite the myriad iterations, applications, and even definitions, there seems to be a common objective that dovetails with the goals of CDH: to ensure that consumers have the information they need to make better decisions about their health and healthcare. Just how successfully they do this may depend on how well stakeholders address several key issues, including interoperability and portability.