Is the Industry Ready to Get Personal?

Sands now serves a chief medical informatics officer at Cisco Inc., having reduced his medical practice to a part-time primary care role at Beth Israel Deaconess, Boston. In 2000, Sands helped the hospital launch PatientSite, one of the industry's first patient portals. Still in use, the portal enables any number of transactions and grants access to the patient's EHR. "People are adopting the tethered PHR because that's where it's easier to get it right," he says. "All the major EHR vendors have embraced the patient portal module. None of the free-standing PHR vendors has been very successful."

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