HealthShare Exchange inks tighter contract with members

Health information organization HealthShare Exchange of Southeastern Pennsylvania signed a contract Wednesday with a dozen area insurers and health systems to share patient records, Philadelphia Business Journal reports.

The contract formalizes HealthShare's structure and defines fees, membership, services and permitted uses of patient data. The exchange was created through state grants and member funding to cut healthcare costs by sharing patients' information.  

HealthShare members include Philadelphia-based health insurers Independence Blue Cross, AmeriHealth Caritas and Health Partners Plans; district health centers in Philadelphia; dozens of ambulatory care facilities; and nursing homes and other providers, according to the report.   

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