There has also been a pilot program in place with Beth Israel Hospital in Boston who has been exchanging records with SSA for disability cases.  The automated processing will remove the requirements and waiting times for paper to be mailed back and forth.  BD 

EHRs go beyond treatment – Social Security Pilot Program with Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston

You can also apply now online for Social Security as well.  Here’s where you go:   http://www.socialsecurity.gov and click on "Filing Online for Retirement Benefits."

This is what we have in place at present in the major data center with a little antiquated “Cobol” technology still doing the work:

“The existing system includes a mainframe-based data repository, an electronic claims processing system called eDib, and 54 versions of three legacy Cobol-based workflow management systems that differ by state and territory, and often don't run properly, Astrue says”

One more item worth mentioning too is the Social Security Debit Card, bet you didn’t know those existed for those with disabilities.  The move to being paperless is moving right along.  BD 

From a recent post relating to pilot programs:

“In a request for information published today, SSA invited EHR and PHR vendors, health providers and payers to suggest how such a process could be set up. SSA already is pilot-testing records retrieval with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and the Cleveland Clinic.

Two regional health information exchanges, the North Carolina Healthcare Information and Communications Alliance and MedVirginia, have been working with SSA on the NHIN prototype.”  BD

  IBM has unveiled its first electronic health records exchange system for the US Social Security Administration to help speed the process of granting disability benefits for citizens.

IBM claims that through the use of new software and services, the Social Security Administration (SSA) saved the amount of time to process requests for medical records needed to evaluate disability benefits from months to minutes. 

The project, part of the US Department of Health and Human Services' Nationwide Health Information Network Cooperative, represents the first health information exchange between a regional health information organization and a US federal agency, said IBM. The new system uses IBM's health information provider solution to not only reduce processing times, but to also improve claims accuracy and reduce costs, added IBM

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New Data Center for Social Security as they face running short of space – Stimulus Funds

Social Security likes PHRs too – wanting to work with EMR and PHR software with pilot program
EHRs go beyond treatment – Social Security Pilot Program with Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston

EHRs go beyond treatment – Social Security Pilot Program with Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston

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