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Ingenix (Subsidiary of United Health Group) Marketing Care Tracker EHR To Community Health Centers–Subsidiary Watch

Posted Aug 05 2010 12:10pm

The cost for the system is slated at less than $5000 per year.  United is looking for image revenues in every area they can find it, to include competing with other electronic medical record companies.  To take advantage of this offer and special version of Care Tracker you need to be federally qualified and this software states you will be able to demonstrate “meaningful use”, which is getting pretty gray these days along with all the other formulas being used presently in healthcare, not that this is a bad thing but are we emphasizing the use over actual care in what we are seeing in the press today? 

I just wonder how the medical community looks at putting all their eggs in the same basket with a health insurer?  Trust?  I guess they can think about it as they file for their over change claims created by Ingenix/United over a period of 15 years and come to some type of conclusion as once again it’s all about those algorithms that create profits and a closer tie in is perhaps what is being targeted here? 

There are less expensive alternatives out there too that one can subscribe too as well such as Office Ally EHR  for only $29.95 a month as one example and there are companies like Practice Fusion that offer a free EHR and it is all web based..  It’s all about creating value and figuring out where is the value beyond the algorithms for profit.  I get confused sometimes here as HHS seemed to think their software was a bit of a “cat’s meow” recently with one of their presentation. 

"Reach for the Top" Program Combines Prototype from Ingenix (A Wholly Owned Subsidiary of United Healthcare) for Public/Private Community Health Data on HHS.Gov Site

It is just very confusing on how HHS wants insurers to play fair on side with claims and yet on the other side touts insurer subsidiary software and how this play fair with other vendors?  I’m confused here with these efforts, are you?  After all today when it comes to profits those all go together with the parent company and all the subsidiaries, that’s spelled out on investor reports all the time. 

This brings me back around to this topic of Health Literacy and you can read more here as we have no role models with leadership and it scares me at times as to which side of the ship we all land on and do we know which ship we are sailing on?  It just makes me think this health literacy subject goes beyond just plain old US citizens, you think?    We just want transparency and want to know where the “real” value is and in the meantime the battle over who has the best “algorithms” continues.  BD

HHS National Plan to Improve Health Literacy – Not Going To Happen Until We Focus on Using Technology (The Tool for Literacy) Which Includes Role Models at HHS And Other Places in Government image

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.--( EON: Enhanced Online News )--Ingenix, a leading health information technology and services company, today announced it is making a specially-designed version of its Ingenix CareTracker practice management and electronic health record (EHR) system available to Federally Qualified Health Centers. Ingenix CareTracker, which provides all of the capabilities physicians need to demonstrate “Meaningful Use,” will offer these community health centers a cost-effective, Web-based, practice management and EHR option that will help them improve operational efficiency and patient care, and qualify for incentives offered by the federal government for demonstrating Meaningful Use of health IT.

To augment these incentives, Ingenix provides a package of interest-free financing and Meaningful Use guarantees that eliminate the up-front costs of implementing an EHR system.

Because Ingenix CareTracker EHR costs less than $5,000 per year per physician, federal stimulus funding may cover most or all of the subscription costs for the service through the end of the ARRA reimbursement period, depending on the composition of a physician’s patient mix.

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