The CMS is launching a personal health-record pilot project in Arizona and Utah that will test beneficiary adoption rates as well as other efficiencies.
The Medicare Personal Health Record Choice Pilot will launch in January 2009 and run for one year. Medicare beneficiaries in the two states will be able to have their Medicare claims information automatically added to their online PHRs.
Four vendors were selected to provide the PHRs: Google Health, NoMoreClipboard.com, PassportMD and HealthTrio.
We want people with Medicare to be comfortable using PHRs, said Kerry Weems, CMS acting administrator, when announcing the first-of-its-kind pilot project.
The four vendors will be responsible for beneficiary recruitment and helping enrollees use the PHRs with ease. The CMS will be looking at adoption rates and what types of outreach efforts are most effective, among other factors, Weems said.