And yet one more entry into the online medical records business...probably the biggest entry of all....and the saga continues...I still feel that having a physical presence with you containing medical records still outweighs the benefits of being online overall, although any records can be better than no records in case of an emergency.  BD

WASHINGTON, June 20 (UPI) -- Some U.S. Medicare beneficiaries will have access to electronic health records as part of a new pilot project, the agency said Wednesday.

The program will give participating seniors a personal health record they can access online that contains information about medical conditions, hospitalizations, doctor visits and medications as part of an overall push for Medicare-wide adoption of electronic health records.

Records will be automatically updated using Medicare data, and beneficiaries will be able to add their own information and choose whether to share the record with healthcare providers, the agency said.

To choose the best personal health record format, Medicare is partnering with four private plans that already offer the records: HIP USA, Humana, Kaiser Permanente, and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

United Press International - Health Business - Briefing


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