Standards development organization Health Level Seven International has released an implementation guide for transferring a personal health record between health plans. The transfer is necessary when a member with a health plan-sponsored PHR changes to another insurer.

The transfer is done using HL7's Continuity of Care Document and the ASC X12 275 patient information transaction standard. The exchanged documents are known as Plan to Plan Personal Health Record or P2PPHR documents, and can be transferred individually or in batches if an employer changes health plans.

The Plan-to-Plan PHR Data Transfer Implementation Guide is available for purchase through the HL7 Store under the heading "Clinical Document Architecture" at

--Joseph Goedert


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