This excerpt taken from the UNH 8-K filed Dec 19, 2006.
Enhanced Convenience and Control
Health plans and other involved parties are increasingly working to develop and provide individuals with access to secure, online records of their medical history. UnitedHealth Groups online Personal Health Record, which individuals can access anytime through the companys secure member portal, myuhc.com®, uses health claim information as the basis for a comprehensive summary of an individuals medical condition, medication history, significant medical interventions and laboratory results. In addition, the Personal Health Record information can be augmented by the patient entering details such as allergies, immunization status and family history. Information from the UnitedHealth Group Personal Health Record is also directly available to medical professionals caring for the individual through secure online access anywhere in the United States with patient consent.
Another key finding of the survey was the observation that 55 percent of those who do not use an online Personal Health Record cite security as their main concern. We understand that some people are anxious about the security of their health records, and we at UnitedHealth Group have taken precautionary measures to ensure that online personal information is secure and to protect it against unauthorized access, said Reed V. Tuckson, M.D., senior vice president, Consumer Health and Medical Care Advancement, UnitedHealth Group. We are very encouraged by and supportive of the advancement of national standards and legislation to create industry-wide criteria and protections for this vital health-enhancing information.