Evaluation of the Personal Health Record Pilot for Medicare Fee-For Service Enrollees from South Carolina. Executive Summary

08/01/2009

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), in close collaboration with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), has contracted with the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago to conduct an evaluation of a pilot demonstration project to introduce Personal Health Records (PHRs) to Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) beneficiaries.  The pilot study represents one component of a diverse set of CMS Health Information Technology (Health IT) initiatives. This pilot is being implemented in the South Carolina service area by Quality Software Services Incorporated (QSSI), an information technology (IT) solutions contractor.

This review is intended to contribute to the overall development of PHRs by providing a current-state, panoramic snapshot of many key aspects of the PHR field.  The report will inform policy efforts to identify best practices for developing PHR features and standards that will encourage PHR adoption by consumers, especially Medicare FFS beneficiaries. 

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