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Health Privacy Project Overview: Best Practices for Employers Offering Personal Health Records (PHRs)

Over the past year a group of leading companies has joined forces to address hurdles to offering Personal Health Records (PHRs) to their employees. Convened by the California Healthcare Foundation and IBM, the group agrees that PHRs hold the promise to improve healthcare, lower costs, and give people the tools to better manage their own health, but that privacy risks and other consumer concerns must be addressed upfront. A number of employers are already offering PHRs in some form, while others are at earlier stages of development.