Florida to give Medicaid recipients online access to PHRs

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Florida’s Agency for Healthcare Administration (AHCA) has partnered with three companies to provide a free, online database that will allow the state’s 2.6 million Medicaid recipients to access personal health records (PHRs).

In conjunction with the Jacksonville, Fla.-based Availity, the Centennial, Colo.-based HealthTrio and the Boise, Idaho-based Healthwise, the AHCA said the two-phase system will first launch network platforms, My Florida Health eBook and My Florida eBaby Book.

The agency said the system will give users the capability to view information about healthcare visits, medications and immunizations. In addition, Medicare recipients can track family history, chart personal health information and print emergency contacts and other important health information.

"PHRs allow consumers to organize their health records and related information and ensures their providers have all the information necessary to diagnose properly,” said Malik Hasan, MD, president and CEO of HealthTrio.

During the second-phase of the program, recipients will gain access to claims data from services and procedures paid for by the Florida Medicaid system, the agency said.

Florida said it will be the first state to offer comprehensive online features for Medicaid recipients. Access will begin Nov. 26.