was designed to let people create and access a central repository for all of their health care information.
Private PHR-like systems such as Google Health
and Microsoft Health Vault are directly interoperable with only a few clinics, hospitals, insurers, and pharmacies.
prominent examples of online PHRs are Google Health
(3) and Microsoft
Microsoft launched its HealthVault platform to much fanfare in October 2007, and Google quickly followed suit, announcing its Google Health
solution at a Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society convention in early 2008.
Advances in improving electronic health records aimed at providing accurate and portable data are currently being spearheaded by Google Health
, Kaiser Permanente, and HealthSpace.
Even the biggest online health information repositories are in disagreement: Google Health
uses the CCR standard, while Microsoft's Health Vault uses a combination of the CCR and the CCD.
Future HealthSync versions are also planned to support data sharing capabilities, which will enable patients to manage their health records via the Google Health
web-based interface, the company said.
Jerry Lin's two-part video about the basics of Google Health
is quite informative.
Web sites such as Google Health
and HealtheHuman allow consumers to input their own health information, and in some cases download records directly from laboratories and pharmacies.
Facilitating this type of health information ecosystem is the driving impetus behind Google Health
and Microsoft HealthVault.
It has blurred faces on Google Maps Street View and kept records for Google Health
users that are separate from other Google services.
It turned out that some of the interfaces between the personal health record software and Microsoft Health Record Vault and Google Health
(the platforms the pilots are using) were more challenging than anticipated to develop.