HealthLeaders Media IT - December 2, 2008 | CMS Gives PHRs a Vote of Confidence
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CMS Gives PHRs
A Vote of Confidence

Kathryn Mackenzie, Technology Editor

Personal health records are gaining wider acceptance among even those who are typically slow to adopt new technologies. Case in point: CMS has announced it has chosen four companies to participate in a pilot program in which Medicare patients can choose one of four commercial PHRs to maintain their health record information electronically. [Read More]
December 2, 2008  
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The Social Security Administration estimates it spends more than $500 million a year compiling medical records to verify the more than 2.5 million disability claims it receives each year. Now the agency is asking EHR and PHR vendors, health providers and payers to suggest a process that would automatically pull information from electronic health records. [Read More]

UnitedHealth enters the PHR market with launch of new Web site
UnitedHealth Group Inc. has launched its own Web site for people to store their personal health information. The move makes UnitedHealth the first major health insurer to offer the service for free to all consumers, not just health-plan members. [Read More]

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The debate over the effectiveness of CT scans has heated up again after a new study concluded that high-resolution computer scans of the heart are almost as effective as conventional angiograms. [Read More]
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