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There is great potential for consumers to benefit from having access to their own health information and to technologies that help them collect and manage it to improve their health and health care.
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 cover both technology and information policy to encourage appropriate handling of personal health information as it flows to and from individuals’ personal health records (PHRs) and similar applications or supporting services. Both of these frameworks, rooted in the Fair Information Practice Principles (FIPPs), are meant to provide a set of policy and technology practices that when taken together, describe a comprehensive approach for authorized and private health information sharing.