Kennedy may reintroduce PHR bill

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Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) is likely to reintroduce legislation he brought to the table last October which is designed to create incentives for physicians to provide patients with personal health records (PHRs).

The bill, called the Personalized Health Information Act (HR 6289), would give doctors a $2 payment to for each patient that they facilitate getting a PHR. The records would store data such as the doctor’s diagnoses and whatever prescriptions that have been written for treatment. The overall goal is to get physicians and patients more interested in adopting PHRs.

Kennedy has stated his belief that PHRs have the potential to make patient admissions more efficient and could save providers large sums of investment dollars when they start adopting electronic health networks.