Imagine going to your bank's Web site and being able to pick a doctor, schedule an office visit, check laboratory results or pay a bill from your last appointment.
That's one of the initiatives of the Medical Banking Project, a Franklin, Tenn.-based think tank that advocates using back-office systems perfected by banks to slash healthcare costs.
Later this year, the project plans to launch a computer-based platform called BoardTrust that would let banks share information, including medical records, and provide standards to govern that process.
Executive Director John Casillas thinks banks could cut healthcare costs and that they could certainly help trim the $35 billion a year spent to process medical bill payments.
"We're linking the banking system into healthcare so the healthcare world doesn't have to invest in technology and processes that banks already have spent on heavily," Casillas said.
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