Four industry associations have collaborated to introduce reference guides for personal health records for consumers and clinicians.

Both versions of the Personal Health Record Quick Reference Guide cover the purpose, benefits and privacy/access issues of PHRs, along with frequently asked questions.

Organizations that created the guides include the American College of Physicians, American Osteopathic Association of Medical Informatics, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, and Medical Group Management Association. A recent survey of Blues plans showed 90 percent of respondents offer or plan to offer PHRs to their members, up from 56 percent two years ago.

The PHR guides for consumers and clinicians are available at

--Joseph Goedert


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