Skip to main content

Bush administration to bypass Congress in setting up EHR


WASHINGTON The Bush administration is not waiting on Congress to pass legislation that increases access to online personal health records, according to published reports. Congress’ efforts to pass legislation promoting health IT have been stymied so far but the Bush administration has been moving ahead with its own efforts related to Medicare.

Beginning in January, the administration will expand access to online records in Arizona and Utah as part of an ongoing effort to encourage greater use of health information technology.

The records will contain up to two years of information from Medicare’s records. Patients will be able to add to their records and share them with physicians, pharmacists and other healthcare providers.

The administration rolled out a similar program in South Carolina for traditional Medicare enrollees in April. In June 2007, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services launched a personal health records pilot project for some beneficiaries enrolled in private Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D prescription drug plans. CMS also said in May it is preparing to move ahead with an electronic medical records pilot project in four geographic areas.

This ad will auto-close in 10 seconds