Thursday, December 14, 2006

Insurers Push Patients Toward E-Health Records - News by InformationWeek

Insurers Push Patients Toward E-Health Records : "While the push continues to get more doctors to trade paper-based patient medical records for electronic ones, momentum also continues to provide consumers with digital access to their own medical data.

Health insurers, which have troves of patient medical data from the billions of claim transactions they process annually, are hoping that they can help speed adoption of consumer personal health records.

Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), which combined represent companies providing medical insurance coverage to 200 million Americans, said on Wednesday that they've created a 'health-plan based' personal health record model and portability standards that will enable consumers to transfer their data when they change insurers."

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