[ Tuesday, June 26, 2007 ]


CMS to Evaluate EHRS offered by other Payors: Four health plans (Kaiser, University of Pittsburgh, Humana and HIP) have agreed to make the EHRs they offer to their commercial beneficiaries available to their Medicare beneficiaries as well, through the CMS portal, so that CMS can track the usage and get a handle on what works best for Medicare beneficiaries. Of course, we're talking generally about an older population engaging in internet exchanges, but that's always going to be the case with any EDI or similar issue; no product or program is going to work for everyone. Beneficiaries choose to participate and choose who can access the information, which should alleviate some of the concerns of the "out there" privacy mavens.

We'll see how it goes. I suspect we'll eventually end up with a handful of on-line EHR providers and a handful of smart-card type EHR providers, probably with some crossover relationships as well (so you can sync your smart-card with your on-line EHR).

Jeff [11:15 AM]

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