CMS Presses On with PHR Program

CMS is expanding its South Carolina personal health record (PHR) pilot program with TRICARE health data. The addition eases access to health data for Medicare beneficiaries.

Original Medicare beneficiaries who also received TRICARE benefits now have the option of adding the TRICARE health data to their MyPHRSC personal health records. Until now, the data has only been available through the Department of Defense systems.

According to a release on Medical Newswire, MyPHRSC is a pilot program allowing Medicare beneficiaries in South Carolina to electronically collect and access information about their health and health care services. Having this information available at their fingertips will help beneficiaries better manage health care needs and medical care, CMS said. Beneficiaries can authorize CMS to send individual Medicare health data to the PHR.

Under this expansion of the pilot, an eligible beneficiary may authorize the release of TRICARE data from the Department of Defense systems directly to their existing MyPHRSC record, CMS said. Initially, active medications will be made available. Other data may later be made available for existing MyPHRSC records, upon the beneficiary’s request.

This collaboration with the Department of Defense will be the first time additional data from another electronic source other than Medicare will be available in MyPHRSC, CMS said.

For more on this story, go to on the Medical Newswire Web site.


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