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This study surveyed professionals in health information technology (HIT), health informatics, and healthcare to identify the ideal components of an integrated personal health record (PHR) and to determine their concerns about the design and implementation of PHRs. In addition, the study investigated participants' opinions on the possibility of sharing health information electronically between providers and patients as well as the idea of patients sharing their personal health information electronically with individuals of their choice. The study found strong support in favor of both concepts. Participants voiced concern over maintaining patient privacy and providing security to protect health information; however, with appropriate protections, respondents supported a number of PHR functionalities that would begin to shift this tool from being a standalone product to an integrated part of an individual's health record.