California's two Blues insurers are committing $80 million to launch a new health information exchange, which they hope will initially attract more than 30 of the state's largest healthcare provider organizations.
The not-for-profit California Integrated Data Exchange, known as Cal INDEX, was started last week by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of California. Proponents say they hope to provide online access to the records of 9 million people using insurance claims and clinical records.
After Cal INDEX's first three years, providers will be expected to pay subscription fees to fund its continued operations. It will be open to all healthcare data contributors, organizers said.