A new study of the personal health records software market finds that the promises of the technology remain a long way off, despite some large delivery systems adopting PHRs and the federal government encouraging their use.

"Unfortunately, despite the renewed buzz and some well-publicized initiatives, the reality is that we are still no closer to a true personal health record than we were five or 10 years ago," according to the report from information technology services/advisory firm Computer Sciences Corp., Falls Church, Va. "Fundamental barriers still exist, and without major changes in behavior and dramatic increases in adoption of technology, a true PHR--and the benefits associated with it--will not be possible."

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