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Term: Indivo Health

Description:
Indivo is the original personally controlled health record (PCHR) system. A PCHR enables an individual to own and manage a complete, secure, digital copy of her health and wellness information. Indivo is free and open-source, uses open, unencumbered standards, and is actively deployed in diverse settings. Indivo is built to be extended and customized such that users can connect their record to third-party applications that enhance the management and analysis of their health information. Indivo accelerates the development of these third-party applications by providing a core set of common features:
  • Secure storage, categorization and aggregation of health data.
  • Single sign-on and standards-based data-access delegation.
  • A simple, open, web-based Application Programming Interface (API).
  • Unified user notification.
Indivo is developed by a team of researchers in the Children's Hospital Informatics Program (CHIP), based at Children's Hospital Boston and affiliated with Harvard Medical School and the Health Sciences and Technology Program at MIT. The chart below shows the evolution of Indivo Health, and other similar platforms, one of which no longer exists (Google Health).


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Applications:
Indivo provides users with a web-based health record. These digital health records have the potential to facilitate numerous applications, such as improving health coverage through increased access to accurate medical history. This is important to companies looking for ways to cut down on rising health care costs. Their systems are currently taught to both Harvard and MIT medical students, and have been taken on in a number of hospitals in the Boston area.




Latest :
Most recently, Indivo has moved toward a platform model, so that other application can connect to the PCHR and extend its core functionality. Indivo X is the vision of how this modular PCHR platform should function. The Indivo X 2.0.0 released in June 2012, represents a major step forward in interoperability by providing a deep integration of the SMART data models and API. Currently taking place is the SMART-Indivo App Challenge. The challenge called developers to build an Indivo app that provides value to patients using data delivered through the SMART API and its Indivo-specific extensions. Winner announcements should be made sometime this month.

Related Terms:
PHR
EMR
Dossia

Web Resources:
Indivo Health Homepage
Follow Indivo Health on Twitter @indivohealth
SMART-Indivo App Challenge

Citations/References:
http://www.health2news.com/2012/08/03/smart-api-indivo-pair-up-crowdsource-creation-powerful-patient-facing-apps/
Article from informationweek.com
http://wiki.chip.org/indivo/index.php/Indivo