California Moves Toward Personal Health Records

FEBRUARY 01, 2006

The demand for personal health records continues to rise. Therefore, the California Association of Physician Groups (CAPG) is taking steps to deliver interactive personal health records to California residents from their own physicians, as part of the iHealthRecords service.

"Several of our CAPG members have already begun rolling out iHealth to their patients, and it is clear that this service will help support our organization's goal of improving health care for Californians," said Donald Crane, president and chief executive officer of CAPG.

The California Regional Health Information Organization (CalRHIO) applauded the efforts. "The CAPG announcement regarding iHealth is another important step in bringing a standards-based personal health record to all of California,"said Molly Coye, MD, chairman of the organization.

CalRHIO is a statewide effort to support the use of information technology and the creation of a secure health information data exchange system that improve the safety, quality, and efficiency of health care for individuals throughout the state.