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We are seeing more and more insurance carriers throughout the country pushing the medical community to adopt computerized health records – sometimes through higher reimbursement offerings.  Now the liability or malpractice carriers are getting involved with this by offering discounts to providers that are moving to electronic systems.

The move by Northwest Physicians follows a recent trend of liability carriers promoting online patient-doctor connectivity, with hopes of fostering better communication with patients and improved patient safety.

Under the new program, 2,600 physicians insured by the company will receive patient safety discount points for connecting online with their patients using an online service called iHealth, which includes a practice Web site for physicians and secure e-mail and patient personal health records for patients.