HIT: MoHCA pushes for mobile healthcare access

The Mobile Healthcare Alliance (MoHCA), a non-profit healthcare IT group, is behind a "consumer health manager chip" that would allow patients to use their cell phones and other mobile devices to send and receive healthcare information. The technology would allow consumers to send basic health and insurance data to providers before a visit and use their cell phone to schedule appointments and view test results. Peter Waegemann, vice-chair of MoHCA and chief executive of the Medical Records Institute, says he doubts the technology is a replacement for full electronic medical records but notes that a system relying on cell phones could be up and working within a few years. MoHCA is studying the privacy and security issues involved.

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