In response to Joseph Conn's "FTCs hard-line enforcement may shock industry":
The purpose of a personal health record is to help a consumer or patient empower themselves by keeping track of their own personal medical data for three main reasons: to help reduce the number of deaths caused by medical errors; to help a person in case of emergency and to help that patient keep track of their medications and insurance claims; and to attach X-rays, test results and to carry emergency contact information for portability.
The purpose of an electronic health record is completely different, and there are too many vendors trying to make them the same animal. Patients are really confused! They believe that a PHR is an EHR.
Whenever you read an article about a consumer supporting the automation of medical records, it is because they believe they won't have to fill out the same information over and over again when going to the doctor. We are light years away from this!
If what you are saying is that HHS and the CMS are acting as deputies and the Federal Trade Commission is the "sheriff"I am all for big brother coming in and getting control of this out-of-control situation. Consumers think that putting their medical record up via Google or Microsoft Corp. is going to be the silver bullet to "fix" or automate our medical records across the board.
The adoption rate of PHRs today is roughly 3% of the U.S. population. There is a reason for this: patient education. Patients need to know the value of a PHR, and today there is no value which can be delivered. By the time their health information is soldit will be too late.