While many consumers remain skeptical of personal health records, advocates say these tools can help patients manage medical data and interact with doctors. Here's a look at nine popular PHR offerings.
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Dossia is an employer-led organization with backing from a number of companies, including AT&T, BP America, Inc., Cardinal Health, Intel, Pitney Bowes, Sanofani-Aventis, Vanguard Health Systems, and Wal-Mart. Dossia provides an untethered PHR that draws from multiple data sources and allows the patient to keep the PHR even upon changing to a new health plan, doctor, or employer. The Dossia Personal Health Record can be used as a flexible platform from which to launch a myriad of employee health benefits programs. Dossia is independent of any funding from online advertising or Internet searches, and it keeps data completely private.
The Dossia Health Management System integrates aggregated personal health information with best-in-class healthcare tools, and it uses multiple user engagement components to offer a rich and personalized experience, according to the vendor. (Those user engagement components include a gamified points system that lets employers provide incentives to employees, plus offer social networking features and team challenges.)