Regarding Joseph Conn's coverage of PHRs:
Thank you for your coverage of this topic. I am very pleased that this dialogue has taken place at this early stage, and hope that we will continue to discuss some foundational elements of the PHR where there can be some standards that will provide for interoperability among vendors, such as the effort begun by Electronic Health Record Vendors Association and Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise. Otherwise, hospitals, physician offices, pharmacies and laboratories will all have to write code for interfaces to multiple systems, which is costly and very inefficient. If we continue on with the independent development of PHRs without some coordination, consumers and their care providers will be frustrated because their particular flavor of PHR or EHR will not exchange data.
Holt AndersonExecutive DirectorNorth Carolina Healthcare Information and Communications AllianceResearch Triangle Park, N.C.To submit a letter to YOUR VIEWS, click here . Please include your name, title and hometown.