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HHS Doesn’t Effectively Use the Medicare Database Now

Editor’s note: The real question is, will they use it. They have massive amounts of Medicare data today, yet they do not effectively use that data today for improvement of care, effective comparisons of treatments or quality outcomes. The data is effectively blocked from use by the commercial sector. There is in effect a ban on the release of any data that includes physician identifiers, even if the data has no PHI (Personally [Identifiable] Health Information).

HHS plans all-claims database to strengthen health care analysis
The HHS is looking to set up a universal database that would contain claims data from health insurers to bolster its medical research. “Claims data, especially if established in a manner where it can be linked to other data over time, can be powerful a tool for comparative effectiveness research and ultimately improve care for all Americans,” the agency said in a notice. Government Health IT

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December 18, 2009 - Posted by | Electronic health records, Federal Government, healthcare, quality | , ,

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