MyPHRMachines : lifelong personal health records in the cloud

P.M.E. Van Gorp, M. Comuzzi

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Personal Health Records (PHRs) should remain the lifelong property of patients and should be showable conveniently and securely to selected caregivers. Regarding interoperability, current solutions for PHRs focus on standard data exchange formats and transformations to move data across health information systems. In this paper we propose MyPHRMachines, a patient-centric system that takes a radically new architectural solution to health record interoperability. We propose to deploy besides the medical data also the related software to the PHR system. After uploading their medical data to MyPHRMachines, patients can access them again from remote virtual machines that contain the right software to visualize and analyze them without any conversion. Patients can share their remote virtual machine session with a selected health provider, who will need only a Web browser to access the pre-loaded fragments of the lifelong PHR. We illustrate how our prototype already supports the use case of a real-world patient and discuss the research agenda required to translate this prototype into a viable solution for the international healthcare industry.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 25th International Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems (CBMS), 20-22 June 2012, Rome, Italy
EditorsP. Soda, F. Tortorella
Place of PublicationPiscataway
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
ISBN (Print)978-1-4673-2049-8
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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