Florida to provide PHR to Medicaid patients
The Florida state agency for Health Care Administration announced plans to launch a Web-based personal health record system for the state’s 2.6 million Medicaid beneficiaries. State agency believes that launching a PHR system helps improve the overall health of Medicaid users and reduces medical costs.
The personal health record toll will give patients the ability to more closely track such things as doctor visits, immunization shots, medications and procedures performed. They’ll also have access to a large library of health topics that will be integrated with the health record.
The PHR will be available within 30 days at FloridaHealthFinder.gov, accessible via a Medicaid I.D. number. The state is the first to offer all Medicaid recipients a PHR, says agency Secretary Holly Benson.
The PHR initially will enable users to enter and access personal health information; create a family history; track information such as weight, blood sugar levels, blood pressure and other health indicators; print an emergency contact wallet card that includes important health information; and access medical reference content.
AHCA will also pull quarterly data to check regularly on how well the new personal health record – called My Florida Health eBook and My Florida eBaby Book is being used, and how to better get information out to patients, she said.
The agency is partnering with Availity LLC, a health information network provider, health IT and services company HealthTrio LLC, and Healthwise, which provides health information, to power the new program.
According to AHCA this program will not be implemented at the expense to Florida taxpayers.