Facebook PHR

Posted on May 14, 2010 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Everyone loves to talk about all the various PHR solutions out there. Ever since Microsoft and Google joined the PHR arena with HealthVault and Google Health there’s been a whole lot of discussion out there about patients accessing their records.

With all of this PHR discussion, I’m a little surprised that I haven’t seen a discussion of a PHR built on top of Facebook. At this point, there’s little point in arguing against the power of Facebook. A popular tech website, even ushered in the decade of Facebook (the 90’s being the decade of Microsoft and the 00’s being the decade of Google). I knew Facebook was really going mainstream when I started getting friend requests from my aunts and even a great aunt.

Now that so many people are on Facebook, then why not create a PHR on top of it? I don’t know that many regular people who care about PHR, but they care a lot about Facebook. Might Facebook be the way to get people to actually start using a PHR?

I’m sure just having Facebook and healthcare information in the same sentence is going to bring out the privacy and security nazis in a big way. No doubt, there would be a lot of privacy issues you’d have to address in order to make it happen. There are also some issues with Facebook being your platform (see the latest with Zynga and Facebook). However, what’s so crazy about a PHR on top of Facebook?

If it is crazy, then maybe that’s a good thing. I bet we’ll see a Facebook PHR sooner rather than later.