Tag Results for personal health record (7)

  1. California Pharmacies to Sell Patient Data?

    Last week, the California State Senate approved a bill that would allow pharmacies in the state "to sell confidential patient prescription information to third-party marketing firms working for drug companies," according to news reports. The idea is being framed by the pharmacies and drug companies as a way to increase the quality of patient care. The drug companies would send patients mailings as reminders to take their prescriptions and to get them refilled. A patient could opt out of the mailings if they so desired. Of course, the drug companies are lukewarm about having patients opt-in …

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  2. Google Gagga Over Personal Health Records

    After a year and a half of development, Google announced yesterday that it was now offering personal health records on-line. According to Google's Health website, "Google Health allows you to store and manage all of your health information in one central place. And it's completely free. All you need to get started is a Google username and password. "Google believes that you own your medical records and should have easy access to them. The way we see it, it's your information; why shouldn't you control it?" "With Google Health, you manage your health information â'' not …

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  3. Healthcare Costs Soar - EHRs to the Rescue

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said recently that by 2017, consumers and taxpayers will spend more than $4 trillion on health care, accounting for 20% of every dollar spent. According to a story in the Boston Globe, in 2006, individuals and the government spent $2.1 trillion on health care, an average of $7,026 a person, while 2017, health spending will cost an estimated $13,101 a person. In the face of these huge projected costs, President Bush has reiterated his call in newly proposed legislation for a national inter-operable …

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  4. Google's Personal Health Record Plans Unveiled

    Yesterday, Google formally announced it plans for creating a personal health record (PHR) service at the Healthcare Information & Management Systems Society conference in Orlando. Google's announcement was three days after Microsoft announced at the same conference a $3 million initiative "designed to empower providers with targeted funding to stimulate the research and development of online tools that improve health" in support of its four-month-old HealthVault PHR offering. Both companies say their objective is "to put you in control of your health information." Google is currently piloting its …

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