Threats and Barriers
The establishment of a ubiquitous and authoritative portable health record for patients must overcome significant threats and barriers. The primary threat comes from the Electronic Health Record (EHR) industry that has a vested interest in maintaining the status quo. The primary barrier is finding an economic model that will support the creation and maintenance of an independent and transportable health record and the supporting infrastructure. On the other hand, having a portable health record will lower the cost of entry to the market, increase competition, and accelerate innovation. But, it will take either government or philanthropic intervention to change the course and establish an independent authoritative health record.