WebMD's Personal Health Record Will Support Feasibility Test
NEW YORK, July 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Emdeon Corporation's (Nasdaq: HLTH) subsidiaries ViPS and WebMD Health Corp. (Nasdaq: WBMD) today announced that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has awarded the companies a six-month contract to conduct a personal health record (PHR) feasibility test to determine how claims data can be used to populate a PHR. As part of the program, ViPS will export Medicare claims data for conditions, procedures and other clinical and demographic information into the secure WebMD PHR. WebMD will serve as a subcontractor on the project to ViPS, which currently maintains multiple comprehensive data management contracts for CMS.
"ViPS is pleased to be working with CMS on this feasibility test," said Arthur Lehrer, President, ViPS. "We look forward to partnering with WebMD to further support CMS as it works towards meeting the President's vision of electronic health records for all Americans within the next 10 years."
"Our work on this important CMS project reflects WebMD's commitment to providing consumers with personalized health information," said Wayne Gattinella, CEO, WebMD. "By providing a secure, easily accessible and up to date health record of a person's health history, WebMD can help people better manage their health, while improving care and health outcomes."
During the analysis, the content and functionality of PHRs will be evaluated to determine how best to transform CMS claims data into a PHR that provides value to both consumers and care providers. In addition, recommendations will be developed about best practices for security and privacy issues, as well as ease of use, authorizations for disclosures, authentication, reporting and other beneficiary services related to the PHR.
Cahaba Government Benefit Administrators®, LLC will provide Medicare Data that will be used for the feasibility test. Cahaba's experience as a Medicare Part A and Part B claims processing contractor, and as a CWF Host Site, will ensure that the data defined in the feasibility test are viable in the existing Medicare environment.
Emdeon (Nasdaq: HLTH) is a leading provider of business, technology and information solutions that transform both the financial and clinical aspects of healthcare delivery. At the core of Emdeon's vision is the commitment to connect providers, payers, employers, physicians and consumers in order to simplify business processes, to provide actionable knowledge at the right time and place and to improve healthcare quality.
Emdeon Business Services provides revenue cycle management and clinical communication solutions that enable payers, providers and patients to improve healthcare business processes. ViPS, a part of Emdeon Business Services, is a leading provider of information solutions for health payers and the federal government. Emdeon Practice Services provides physician practice management and electronic health record software and services that increase practice efficiency and enhance patient care. WebMD (Nasdaq: WBMD) provides health information services for consumers, physicians, healthcare professionals, employers and health plans through its public and private online portals and health-focused publications. Porex is a developer, manufacturer and distributor of proprietary porous plastic products and components used in healthcare, industrial and consumer applications.
WebMD Health Corp. (Nasdaq: WBMD) is a leading provider of health information services to consumers, physicians, healthcare professionals, employers and health plans through our public and private online portals and health-focused publications. WebMD Health Corp. is a subsidiary of Emdeon Corporation (Nasdaq: HLTH).
WebMD is the market leader in providing private health and benefits portals to large employers and health plans. As consumers assume greater responsibility for their healthcare decisions, the WebMD health and benefits platform enables employees and plan members to make informed wellness, medical cost and quality decisions. In addition, with the emergence of consumer directed healthcare, WebMD's platform has expanded to include healthcare retirement planning tools that help consumers project their healthcare costs both in the near-term and in retirement in order to maximize use of their HSA funds.
The WebMD Health Network reaches nearly 30 million visitors a month through its leading owned and operated health sites that include WebMD Health, Medscape, MedicineNet, eMedicine, eMedicine Health, RxList and theheart.org.
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