There’s no way a little dated COBOL stands in the way with moving medical records, and 15 more contracts have been awarded for providing medical records to Social Security.   This stands to improve the enrollment time for those with disabilities and claims.  Also, this is the month slated for Social Security to start sharing with the VA and DOD, although they have been sharing for a long time, it has been the old paper route.

Social Security To Start Sharing Electronic Records with VA and DOD in February 2010

You can also enroll online too.

Social Security begins taking online applications – Available now

In Boston at Beth Israel Deaconess, a pilot program was created and is in use, beginning in 2008.  I see Cal RHIO in here in the list, but thought they had disbanded, must be additional news I’m not aware of.  The records are sent through the NHIN network, and there has been talk to perhaps opening up the network for public use relative to healthcare transmittals.  BD 

Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security, today announced that 15 healthcare providers and networks have received $17.4 million in contract awards to provide electronic medical records to the agency. These electronic medical records, which will be sent through the Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN), will significantly shorten the time it takes to make a disability decision and will improve the speed, accuracy, and efficiency of the disability program.

“Using health information technology will improve our disability programs and provide better service to the public,” Commissioner Astrue said. “We’ve seen a significant increase in disability applications. To process them, the agency sends more than 15 million requests annually for medical records to healthcare providers. This largely paper-bound workload is generally the most time-consuming part of the disability decision process. The use of health IT will dramatically improve the speed, accuracy, and efficiency of this process, reducing the cost of making a disability decision for both the medical community and the American taxpayer.”

Contracts were awarded to the following organizations:

  1. Cal RHIO, San Francisco, CA - $1,625,000
  2. CareSpark, Kingsport, TN - $1,363,000
  3. Center for Healthy Communities, Wright State University, Healthlink, Dayton, OH - $999,000
  4. Central Virginia Health Network/MedVirginia, Richmond, VA - $1,139,000
  5. Community Health Information Collaborative (CHIC), Duluth, MN - $977,000
  6. Douglas County Individual Practice Association, Roseburg, OR - $502,000
  7. EHR Doctors Inc., Pompano Beach, FL - $1,000,000
  8. HealthBridge, Cincinnati, OH - $1,400,000
  9. Lovelace Clinic Foundation (LCF), Albuquerque, NM - $1,083,000
  10. Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation, Marshfield, WI - $998,000
  11. Memorial Hospital Foundation & Memorial Hospital of Gulfport Foundation, Inc., Gulfport, MS - $1,100,000
  12. Oregon Community Health Information Network (OCHIN), Portland, OR - $284,000
  13. Regenstrief Institute, Inc, Indianapolis, IN - $350,000
  14. Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), Reston, VA - $1,587,000
  15. Southeastern Michigan Health Association, Detroit, MI - $2,988,000

Social Security News: Electronic Medical Records Contracts Awarded

Related Reading:

The Health Internet – Government Looking to Expand The National Health Information Network For Public Use

Social Security begins taking online applications – Available now
Social Security likes PHRs too – wanting to work with EMR and PHR software with pilot program
Social Security Disability - New Debit Card, Going Paperless

Social Security budgets 24 Million for EHRs

Social Security makes business case for interoperable EHRs with MedVirginia
New Data Center for Social Security as they face running short of space – Stimulus Funds


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