Two PHR Announcements

September 7, 2007

Both University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Health Plan and BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina announced the launch of PHRs. UPMC  offer, MyHealthRecord provides access to health records which includes claims data but also the ability to add personal information and get health reminders. With 500,000 covered lives, there is potential for a large pool of users.

BCBS is providing claims data but also a partnership with ParadigmHealth which has extensive chronic and acute disease management tools. “The Integrated Care Management platform will enable BlueCross to fully integrate case management, disease management, maternity management, and high acuity complex care management data and dashboards on a single IT platform.”

Its good to see more large health plans getting in to the PHR business. As I have stated before, there is little data on adoption by plan members and will they trust their health plan to provide this service?

There needs to be a way to integrate one’s personal health information from all sources including real-time provider data and not just delayed claims data, particularly in emergency situations.

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