Empowering consumers with convenient and secure access to networked health information is a key to transforming America’s health care system and improving the health of our nation’s citizens.

There is great potential for consumers to derive value from using services that help them collect and manage their own health information. However, there is also associated risk to security and confidentiality as less regulated organizations record personal health information with new Internet-based services.

Building on the foundational work of the Markle Connecting for Health Common Framework for Private and Secure Health Information Exchange—a framework for connecting medical professionals released in 2006—the Markle Connecting for Health Common Framework for Networked Personal Health Information released in 2008 proposes a set of practices that encourage appropriate handling of personal health information as it flows to and from personal health records (PHRs) and similar applications or supporting services. Both of these frameworks, based on Fair Information Practice Principles (FIPPs), describe a comprehensive approach for secure, authorized, and private health information sharing.

 

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