One of the more significant developments in the intelligent use of IT to help rein in costs kicked off this week in the form a new Web site that allows patients to compare pricing for healthcare services delivered by doctors in their healthcare network and those outside the network.
From a technology perspective, this might not sound all that amazing. After all, insurance providers have been consulting a similar database for years that was operated by a unit of United Healthcare. But after an investigation into the validity of that data, United Healthcare agreed to fund the development of a new, more open database that will be operated by a non-profit company called FAIR Health, starting within the next year. United Healthcare admitted no wrong-doing as part of the settlement, but did agree to provide $100 million in funding to set up FAIR Health.
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