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MediConnect buys PassportMD PHR

Health services provider MediConnect is the new entrant to Personal Health Record business now after it purchased PassportMD for an undisclosed amount. MediConnect is a Utah-based company that retrieves and digitizes health records for insurers, lawyers and medical practices.

MediConnect retrieves medical records from doctor’s offices, insurance companies and others, puts them in digital form and sends to law firms and life and health insurance companies. Clients also include services such as Google Health, which makes records available to the patient. Like Google Health, PassportMD takes digital records and passes them on to consumers over the Internet.

PassportMD was one of four companies selected to provide access to electronic personal health records for Medicare beneficiaries in a pilot program in Utah and Arizona. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services plan to roll out the program nationally if the pilot is successful.

PassportMD was headquartered in Delray Beach, Fla., and has relocated to MediConnect’s office in Utah. Acquiring PassportMD gives MediConnect a value-added service to offer to health plans’ employers and covered members, says Amy Rees Anderson, CEO.

Anderson acknowledges that privacy concerns have in large part prevented health insurers from being successful in offering payer-hosted PHRs to members. She believes payers can be more successful using a third-party vendor to host a PHR that members can keep if they change insurance plans, and offers value-added services such as records retrieval and auto-populating of pertinent claims data.

Anderson acknowledges that privacy concerns have in large part prevented health insurers from being successful in offering payer-hosted PHRs to members. She believes payers can be more successful using a third-party vendor to host a PHR that members can keep if they change insurance plans, and offers value-added services such as records retrieval and auto-populating of pertinent claims data.

The PassportMD web site has already been changed to match MediConnect’s in look-and-feel. PassportMD was based in Florida but is moving its people to Utah, the company said.






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