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CCHIT Launching PHR Program

September 18, 2008
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The Chicago-based Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT) says it will launch a certification program for personal health records (PHRs) in mid-2009 that will emphasize privacy, security and information-sharing capabilities. The Commission has completed its first step in the process — the creation of draft criteria for testing PHRs. Beginning Sept. 29, criteria will be posted online and will be available for a 30-day public comment period.

The Commission is inviting consumers to participate in the process. A new Web site and blog dedicated to furthering the conversation about PHRs will launch on Sept. 29, and a consumer’s guide to certification of PHRs will also be available at the same location.

In addition, on Oct. 10, the Certification Commission will host a Town Call teleconference that will allow consumers and consumer representatives to gain a better understanding of PHR certification and how they can play a role in the process.

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This is unfortunate as the PHR is truly at the early stages of development and we need every bit of exploration possible. This will clearly present barriers to new entrants who might just have the best new break through. New business rarely has thousands of dollars to invest in such actions at the CCHIT. Small business have always been the leaders of innovation but the CCHIT now favors the Google, Microsoft, Revolution and other well funded corporate entities. It's disappointing to see a well intentioned organization and such bright members create barriers that will suppress innovation and competition.

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