Utah chosen to participate in pilot online Medicare program

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(KSL News) Utah is now home to a pilot Medicare program that enables patients to update their health care online.

"We're going to give Medicare beneficiaries, senior citizens, the chance to manage their own care better," explained Dr. David Sundwall, executive director of the Utah Department of Health.

The Personal Health Record Choice program lets Medicare recipients keep track of their medications, allergies, doctor's information and claim forms all in one spot. It's part of a push to-digitize all medical records, an effort those in the industry call value-driven healthcare.

"Value Driven Health Care is where we get consumers more involved in their health care decisions, and hopefully that will lead to not only better decisions, better quality care but also lower costs," said Tevi Troy, deputy secretary of the U.S Department of Health and Human Services.

Medicare launched the program in Utah because we are said to have one of the best electronic health records systems in the country. For more information on the program CLICK HERE.

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