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With Merger, Medical Record Companies Hope To Offer ‘360 Degree View’ Of Patient

The goal would be to give hospitals and doctors a single place to get patient information culled from medical records and insurance claims.

KPCC: A Bid To Expand Sharing Of Californians' Medical Records 
Seeking to jump-start an initiative to share Californians' medical records among different providers, two medical database companies are hoping to join forces to create a new organization with millions of patient records. The merger of Cal INDEX and Inland Empire Health Information Exchange would create an organization with an estimated 16.7 million medical and insurance claims records accessible to healthcare providers. (Lavender, 1/11)

California Healthline: Merger May Revitalize California’s Flagging Effort To Pool Medical Records
After a sluggish start, the Cal INDEX medical database has agreed to a merger that would create one of the largest repositories of patient records in the country. The nonprofit California Integrated Data Exchange, launched by insurers Blue Shield of California and Anthem Inc. with much fanfare in 2014, announced Tuesday that it intends to merge with the Inland Empire Health Information Exchange. Together, they would have insurance claims and medical records of 16.7 million people. (Terhune, 1/10)

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