A Web-based search engine that Hartford, Conn.-based Aetna is introducing allows managed-care customers to use their electronic health records as an online tool to find a broad array of medical resources.
In a partnership with Healthline Networks, a privately held San Francisco-based health search engine, Aetna's SmartSource crunches data such as gender, age, ZIP code, employer, healthcare plan and information from the customer's personal health records.
The search engine generates information tailored to the individual about diseases and medical conditions, treatments, healthcare costs and local healthcare providers.
Aetna will make the search engine available as a pilot program this year to between 20 and 25 employers with up to 1.5 million eligible employees, and make the service available to more customers next year. The search engine is already available to Aetna's 30,000 employees.