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AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2008 Nov 6:763-7.

A patient-centric taxonomy for personal health records (PHRs).

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  • 1Center for Information Technology Leadership (CITL), Partners HealthCare System, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA.


Today, the nascent field of personal health records (PHRs) lacks a comprehensive taxonomy that encompasses the full range of PHRs currently in existence and what may be possible. The Center for Information Technology Leadership (CITL) has created a taxonomy that broadly defines a PHR as having both an infrastructure component, which allows for data viewing and sharing, and an application component, allowing for self-management and information exchange. The taxonomy also accounts for different PHR architectures provider, payer, third-party, or interoperable. This comprehensive taxonomy may help to define the field of PHRs and provide a framework for assessing PHR value.

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