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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts partners with Google Health

Posted Dec 02 2008 2:50am

One more reason to think about a PHR, personal health record.  Earlier today it was announced that United Healthcare was offering their own PHR, but this set up makes more sense to me, import your information from Blue Cross in to your Google Health Record, in other words you are still in control and it is a one way street.  Also, with all the organization and vendors already set up with Google Health, I’m not quite sure why United felt it was necessary to reinvent the wheel as far as the medical information included for research, etc. and of course setting up vendors where Google Health is way ahead of this game is yet another project that would have to be undertaken as well. 

Now you have the option of sharing let’s say a document or record with Blue Cross in case of a claim dispute, or something along that line but it is still the option of the patient, one thing we do not want to lose track of, patient option.   Aetna has recently announced a similar situation with Microsoft HealthVault. 

BOSTONDecember 1, 2008 —Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA) announced today that its members can now import their BCBSMA health history into their own Google Health" Personal Health Record (PHR). BCBSMA is the first health insurance company to integrate on the Google Health platform allowing BCBSMA members to import their personal health information into their Google Health Account.

Google Health, a new product that launched in mid-May of this year, allows people to store and organize their medical records online, safely and securely. The product is available at no charge, and only requires a username and password to get started.

http://www.bluecrossma.com/common/en_US/press release

Related Reading: (from prior posts and there are a lot here to read up on and see who’s integrating and promoting their use too)

Study Predicts Big Savings from PHRs (Personal Health Records) – Best Kept Secret in Healthcare?
CMS names four PHR vendors for Medicare pilot program and includes Google Health
The Economy – One more Reason to think about a Free PHR
Clinical Trials in the US – Begin involving the physicians and patients at the point of care to achieve greater success and participation with Personal Health Records
Google Health Online Services – Connections Beyond Medications – Personal Health Records
Why Use a PHR – Because It is there and it stands to help decrease medical errors
The Health Cloud – Personal Health Records
Getting Organized With Online Medical Records – Personal Health Records
Healthline – Interview with the CEO – Health 2.0
Healthcare leaders favor personal networks (Personal Health Records) to RHIOs for data exchange
Google Health Online Services – Connections Beyond Medications – Personal Health Records
eClinicalWorks Users Annual Meeting – Integration and the Future of EHRS and PHRs

Social Security likes PHRs too – wanting to work with EMR and PHR software with pilot program

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