06 Apr Google Health imports medicare data
A pilot program at Google Health is said to be the first of many to test how the government can give Medicare beneficiaries online access to medical data. Google Health, the California-based search company’s medical record-storing product, works with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to import Medicare claims data into Google Health for beneficiaries in Arizona and Utah.
Writing on the corporate blog, Missy Krasner, product marketing manager for Google Health said, “The pilot is one of several CMS programs to test out how the government can give beneficiaries secure access to their medical data online. Before I came to Google, I worked at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which houses CMS. At the time, the idea of giving beneficiaries access to their own Medicare claims data in electronic format was just that—an idea. Today, it’s becoming a reality.”
In a move that will allow Google Health to become more robust in competition against Microsoft and health-care-specific Websites such as WebMD, users of Google Health were recently allowed to share their medical records and other personal health information with trusted contacts.
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