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BMC Med Inform Decis Mak. 2007 Sep 12;7:25.

Indivo: a personally controlled health record for health information exchange and communication.

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  • 1Children's Hospital Informatics Program at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, Boston, MA, USA. Kenneth_Mandl@Harvard.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Personally controlled health records (PCHRs), a subset of personal health records (PHRs), enable a patient to assemble, maintain and manage a secure copy of his or her medical data. Indivo (formerly PING) is an open source, open standards PCHR with an open application programming interface (API).

RESULTS:

We describe how the PCHR platform can provide standard building blocks for networked PHR applications. Indivo allows the ready integration of diverse sources of medical data under a patient's control through the use of standards-based communication protocols and APIs for connecting PCHRs to existing and future health information systems.

CONCLUSION:

The strict and transparent personal control model is designed to encourage widespread participation by patients, healthcare providers and institutions, thus creating the ecosystem for development of innovative, consumer-focused healthcare applications.

PMID:
17850667
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PMCID:
PMC2048946
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