Health data standards group Health Level Seven (HL7) has begun accepting votes on whether or not to approve its Personal Health Record Functional Model (PHR-S), an interesting development given that health plans, employers and providers still don't seem to have agreed upon what content a PHR should actually contain. Both members and non-members of HL7 can vote on the standards, though non-members must pay an administrative fee to participate. If approved, the HL7 standards will become a draft standard, and will be refined for two years until they comply with ANSI requirements.
HL7's standards define what functions a PHR and security features are common in existing PHR platforms, and offers ideas on how to share between PHRs or from PHR to EMRs. PHR-S may be the first industry standard defining core functions for PHRs, according to the group's statement.
To learn more about the standards:
- read this HL7 press release (.pdf)
- read this iHealthBeat piece
- read this Digital HealthCare & Productivity article
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