"The theory is that employers have the economic clout to move the health care providers off the dime to provide data," said Rishel. "That is part of the bold idea. It is also not proven yet. ...You have to get the data from the providers. That is fundamental in getting any personal health records system off the ground."

The proposed project will not replace the need for hospitals and doctors to create their own systems for electronic medical records. But the system under development will seek to link to other proprietary systems, through joint development efforts of health care providers.


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