America’s Health Insurance Plans and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association say they are forging ahead with their own portable personal health record program.

AHIP, Washington, and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, Chicago, reported today that they already have been testing a standard PHR that patients could use to move information about topics such as their immunization records and allergies from one health insurer to another.

The portability component should be available by 2008, the groups say.

Health insurers are working on the project with standards groups and the National Health Council, Washington.

The health insurer groups report that they have adopted a guideline that would require an individual’s approval before one insurer could transfer PHR data to another.

Earlier this month, the Omnimedix Institute, Portland, Ore., a nonprofit consortium that is developing the Dossia PHR system, said it had won support from several large employers for the Dossia system.

The Dossia system would not be affiliated with any insurer, and it would give individual patients control over what PHR information to share and with whom, Omnimedix says.