Project HealthDesign, a research-and-development initiative to explore aspects of personal health records (PHR), has come to represent the first-ever project in health information technology to include an ethics component at the outset. Sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the program featured multidisciplinary grantee teams from across the United States.

The University of Miami Ethics Programs received a grant to oversee Ethical, Legal and Social Issues (ELSI) analysis for the project. The UM grant linked faculty from the Miller School of Medicine, the School of Law and the School of Business Administration.