Social Security makes business case for interoperable EHRs with MedVirginia
Posted Jun 04 2009 10:41pm
All they need now is to upgrade and get them out of Cobol (grin) before they run out of room. Actually in Boston, Beth Israel Medical Center is also running a pilot program with Social Security too. At the link below you can read where they were asking for information as well.
Some records are already online and will follow the Continuity of Care Document format. Back in June I had posted about the pilot program with Beth Israel Deaconess in Boston which has already been up and running for disability records, also the hospital offers patients personal health records through the hospital system and their dashboard exports the records to Google Health and Microsoft Health Vault.
Currently the Social Security offices spend hours manually matching disability claim information.
We can thank Dr. Halamka at Beth Israel in Boston for the updates and progress here as he routinely gives an update on his blog too. BD
From a recent post relating to pilot programs:
“In a request for information published today, SSA invited EHR and PHR vendors, health providers and payers to suggest how such a process could be set up. SSA already is pilot-testing records retrieval with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and the Cleveland Clinic.
Two regional health information exchanges, the North Carolina Healthcare Information and Communications Alliance and MedVirginia, have been working with SSA on the NHIN prototype.”
“The existing system includes a mainframe-based data repository, an electronic claims processing system called eDib, and 54 versions of three legacy Cobol-based workflow management systems that differ by state and territory, and often don't run properly, Astrue says”
WASHINGTON – Early results of the collaboration between the Social Security Administration and MedVirginia, Virginia’s regional health information organization, demonstrate the business value for healthcare information technology, said Jim Borland, special adviser for healthcare IT at Social Security.
Social Security and MedVirginia began data exchange in February.
Social Security benefits, and so do its state agency partners that assist in the disability determination process, Borland said. More importantly, with regard to health IT adoption, healthcare providers benefit from a reduction of administrative costs associated with pulling patient data and the potential for a reduction in their cost for uncompensated and charity care.