Health Level Seven opened a ballot for people to vote on a personal health-record standard functional model.
The approval of the model would make PHRs a draft standard for trial use under HL7's guidelines for the healthcare industry. People can download the ballot package through Dec. 1; those who aren't members of HL7 must pay a $50 administrative fee to cast a vote.
The Ann Arbor, Mich.-based standards organization said in a written statement that it hopes to attract interest from a wide range of industry stakeholders. The PHR draft standard includes a set of functions that may be present in a health-record system and offers guidelines to facilitate health information exchange among different PHRs. If approved, the draft standard would be used as a base while it is refined over two years to comply with American National Standards Institute accreditation requirements.