Kaiser offers plan info, medical records online

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Oakland, Calif. — Kaiser Permanente will let members and physicians have access to medical records and also provide members with key information about plan operations.

Kaiser recently announced that it will give its 8.4 million members in California access to their health plans clinical guidelines and physician pay scales, thanks to a settlement reached by Kaiser and three consumer groups in late January.

The HMO is the first to offer such wide-scale public disclosure, which will be available on its Web site starting sometime later this year.

Says Jamie Court, executive director for the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights, “Kaiser Permanente has set a very high bar for public disclosure.”

There’s even more. An even larger initiative is Kaiser‘s plan to establish a system of automated medical records within the next three years.

Using medical software from Epic Systems, Kaiser has taken precautions to secure patient information, including a password entrance to the program itself.

Patients will be able to access certain parts of their file and medical history for their daily maintenance of healthcare including appointments, prescriptions and insurance information.

Physicians will be able to maintain and access medical records pertaining to their particular service.

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