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Early Experiences with Personal Health Records

John D. Halamka MD, Kenneth D. Mandl MD, MPH, Paul C. Tang MD
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1197/jamia.M2562 1-7 First published online: 1 January 2008


Over the past year, several payers, employers, and commercial vendors have announced personal health record projects. Few of these are widely deployed and few are fully integrated into ambulatory or hospital-based electronic record systems. The earliest adopters of personal health records have many lessons learned that can inform these new initiatives. We present three case studies—MyChart at Palo Alto Medical Foundation, PatientSite at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Indivo at Children's Hospital Boston. We describe our implementation challenges from 1999 to 2007 and postulate the evolving challenges we will face over the next five years.

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