Will this reduce costs? Heck no as it will be expensive to maintain and there will be down times and besides so many doctors are on electronic medical records so I guess the state HIEs are not going fast enough for these two. We are on a huge data base kick and this is expensive and will serve to make the cost of healthcare grow.
I have no problem with having good data and relative data ready and at hand for decision making. If the two insurers can kick out $80 million in just seed money, just imagine what the next line of funding will be. Let’s see maybe Optum as a competitor won’t be getting this contract(grin) or who knows as they all stick together on some issues. This is to be run by a non profit and called Cal Index. Oh boy wait until the IT Infrastructure fun begins with this one. It will have the history of 1 in 4 residents of California, so will doctor’s offices bother?
They might and they might not as in a busy office they do what they have time for as guess what, we have a “Healthgrades scenario” going here as the files will have claim information but they want providers to enter clinical data!! So in other words they put out the skeleton files and want everyone else fill it up!
As a patient you will be able to opt out and this is a weird model for a make shift HIE.
So let’s circle around back to the hot post of the day today on my blog, a Clarity Server that can connect medical records with each facility and there’s no data warehouse. When one can connect to other locations in this fashion why do warehousing? Besides the Zoeticx system can connect to existing HIEs that are built and working. See link below.
Zoeticx Clarity Server - Middleware HIE Will Save Millions Maybe Billions With HIE And Has 3-6 Year ONC Compatible Time Line, Works Using APIs, Web Apps Where Nobody Has to Swap Out Their EHR…
So expect your premiums to go up as Health IT continues to eat up the healthcare system with lack of coordinated efforts and this looks like one more expenditure that is somewhat duplicated if you will and may offer more information and take more time than what is really needed to deliver good care. BD
Two of California's largest health insurers are partnering to create a massive database of patient medical records.
With just a few strokes of a keyboard, doctors and nurses will be able to access the medical histories of about one in four California residents.
Supporters say the effort by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of California could mean faster, cheaper and better healthcare. But the system faces significant technological challenges and privacy concerns.