Hawaii Blues helps docs get computerized

October 27, 2006

The Hawaii Medical Service Association, a Blues plan, will invest $20 million over the next three years to help physicians acquire EHRs. The association will pay up to half the cost or up to $20,000 per physician, according to iHealthBeat, a publication of the California Healthcare Foundation. Previously, the Hawaii Blues subsidized e-prescribing systems and negotiated a 40 percent-off discount deal on Allscripts EHRs (Medical Economics, "EHRs: Where do payers fit in?" Feb. 17, 2006).

The Hawaii Medical Service Association, a Blues plan, will invest $20 million over the next three years to help physicians acquire EHRs. The association will pay up to half the cost or up to $20,000 per physician, according to iHealthBeat, a publication of the California Healthcare Foundation. Previously, the Hawaii Blues subsidized e-prescribing systems and negotiated a 40 percent-off discount deal on Allscripts EHRs (Medical Economics, "EHRs: Where do payers fit in?" Feb. 17, 2006).