Archive for December 15th, 2006

New insurance guidelines will promote portability and adoption of personal e-health records

December 15, 2006

This article from Information Week discusses the push by payors to get physicians to move off of paper-based records but also provide consumers with electronic PHRs. Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and America’s Health Insurance Plans state that they have “created a “health-plan based” personal health record model and portability
standards that will enable consumers to transfer their data when they change insurers.” Since claims information is not always standardized, the insurance companies will encourage consumers to add family medical history and other pertinent information. They admit that this is not substitute for interoperable e-medical record tools. Privacy concerns are still a barrier.

Also noted in the article is the fact that the Cleveland Clinic has 70,000 patients using their MyChart PHR.

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