The CMS announced that it will launch an 18-month pilot project to offer Medicare beneficiaries an Internet-based personal health record with the goal of determining what PHR tools and features beneficiaries find the most attractive and functional, and assessing the best methods for outreach and education to encourage PHR adoption and use.
Four health plans will be participating in the pilot: Health Insurance Plan of Greater New York, Humana, Kaiser Permanente and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Each will be offering a unique PHR.
The PHRs will allow beneficiaries to look up information about their medications and medical conditions to help them manage their healthcare, an HHS news release said, and, "The beneficiary is in charge of his or her own PHR and will control who is able to see the information it contains. Sharing this information with healthcare providers from the PHR will be entirely up to the beneficiary."