On Tuesday, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) announced plans to provide residents with online access to their medical records and post health care cost and quality data online, reports iHealthBeat.
The state’s private insurers have agreed to create a shared Web site that will include prices for the most common medical procedures and quality data on the state’s health care providers. The Web site is scheduled to launch by January 2009.
By next year, all state employees will have access to Microsoft’s HealthVault, which will let patients store and access their health records online, which will cost the state $600,000.