New Bill to promote Personal Health Records

September 27, 2006

HealthcareIT News reports that Patrick Kennedy of Rhode Island is proposing a bill to create incentives for using PHRs. These payments would go to physicians for recruiting patients into a PHR. It would be a partnership of public and private funding encouraging contributions from third party payors and pharma. He expects interest by the private parties because of the potential for cost savings from activities like online prescription refills. Privacy and patient control standards would be set.

This is a great way to get some traction to PHRs which are of interest to consumers but where adoption lags.

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