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Blue Cross, Blue Shield team up to create huge data base
Vallejo Times-Herald

Two of California’s largest health insurers have joined forces to create the most comprehensive electronic medical records network in the state.

Cal INDEX is designed to share patient records electronically among doctors and hospitals in real time. The new system, for instance, will allow emergency room doctors to pull up a comatose patient’s medical records to see what medications he or she is allergic to.

But the decision by Blue Shield of California and Anthem Blue Cross to move the records of their combined 9 million customers into that system by year’s end worries some privacy experts.