[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 31 (Wednesday, February 18, 2009)]
[Pages 7601-7602]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-3440]



[Document Identifier: OS-0990-New]

Agency Information Collection Request. 60-Day Public Comment 

AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, HHS.
    In compliance with the requirement of section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Office of the Secretary (OS), 
Department of Health and Human Services, is publishing the following 
summary of a proposed information collection request for public 
comment. Interested persons are invited to send comments regarding this 
burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, 
including any of the following subjects: (1) The necessity and utility 
of the proposed information collection for the proper performance of 
the agency's functions; (2) the accuracy of the estimated burden; (3) 
ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to 
be collected; and (4) the use of automated collection techniques or 
other forms of information technology to minimize the information 
collection burden. To obtain copies of the supporting statement and any 
related forms for the proposed paperwork collections referenced above, 
e-mail your request, including your address, phone number, OMB number, 
and OS document identifier, to [email protected], or call 
the Reports Clearance Office on (202) 690-6162. Written comments and 
recommendations for the proposed information collections must be 
directed to the OS Paperwork Clearance Officer at the above email 
address within 60-days.
    Proposed Project: Facts for Consumers about Health IT Service 
Providers--OMB No. 0990-NEW-OS/Office of the National Coordinator for 
Health Information Technology.
    Abstract: A new health information technology, the personal health 
record (PHR), seeks to provide consumers with the capability to 
directly manage their own health information. Although PHRs can exist 
in different formats or media (i.e., paper or electronic), the term 
usually refers to an online record containing an individual's personal 
health information. PHRs typically include information such as health 
history, vaccinations, allergies, test results, and prescription 
information. Given the newness of the electronic PHR concept, the 
different ways to establish PHRs, and the sensitivity of personal 
health information, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health 
Information Technology (ONC) is taking steps to establish that useful 
facts about PHRs and PHR privacy policy information be made available 
to consumers so they can make informed decisions about selecting and 
using PHRs. Toward this end, ONC has a project to develop an online 
model for PHR providers. The model will be developed to:
     Allow presentation of important PHR facts and policies to 

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     Allow consumers to understand and consistently compare PHR 
service provider policies with others, and
     Focus on the key information that may influence decisions 
and choices of PHR service provider.
    The project includes iterative rounds of in-depth consumer testing 
during April-October 2009 to assess and analyze consumer understanding 
and input about the model. The model will be iteratively revised to 
design a final template that will allow PHR vendors to convey useful 
and understandable facts to consumers about their privacy, security, 
and information management policies. Testing will be conducted in six 
locations that cover the four geographic census regions and will 
include 90-minute, one-on-one, cognitive usability interviews with 
seven participants at each of six sites, for a total not to exceed 42 
interviews. In addition, each participant will have been recruited 
through a 15-minute screening interview. The participants will be 
recruited according to U.S. census statistics for race/ethnicity, age, 
marital status, gender, and income. Also, the sample will include 
participants both familiar and unfamiliar with PHRs and participants 
who manage chronic health issues or a disease for themselves or others.

                                        Estimated Annualized Burden Table
                                                                     Number of    Average burden
              Forms (If necessary)                   Number of     responses per     hours per     Total burden
                                                    respondents     respondent       response          hours
Screening Form..................................              84               1           15/60              21
Interview Form..................................              42               1           90/60              63
    Total.......................................  ..............  ..............  ..............              84

Seleda Perryman,
Office of the Secretary, Paperwork Reduction Act Reports Clearance 
 [FR Doc. E9-3440 Filed 2-17-09; 8:45 am]