The CMS plans to launch a pilot program in Arizona and Utah to see if personal health records improve health outcomes and lower costs. The program is scheduled to begin in January 2009.
This exciting pilot will be a major step forward for Medicare. We believe that it will provide information and tools that will empower consumers to manage their health, HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt said in a written statement. Importantly, we intend for the pilot to provide beneficiaries with a choice of products that will make it possible for beneficiaries to meet their individual needs.
Medicare beneficiaries under this pilot will be able to choose from one of several commercial PHR tools. Up to two years of the individuals claims data may be transferred into the individuals PHR.
Those who select one of the participating vendors can also add other personal health information and authorize links to other personal electronic information such as pharmacy data, depending on the specific product. If the beneficiary chooses, family members or their healthcare provider may be granted access to their PHR.
Medicares administrative contractor, Noridian Administrative Services, released a solicitation to potential PHR vendors Aug. 8. Vendors will have until Sept. 8 to submit their applications to participate in this pilot with the CMS.