The first piece of the suite, unveiled in March, is a system that enables SummaCare members to access their prescription drug information through the Internet. The program, called RxEOB, can be accessed through Summa's Web site, www.summacare.com. Members receive passwords to access the system.
"It gives members the ability to go in and view all of their drug history," says Tracy Dankoff, pharmacy director of SummaCare. "In doing that, it allows members to get information about the drugs that they were prescribed. It also allows them to look at what their co-pay for that drug was and compare that to what their co-pay would be for other drugs in that class."
The system also provides names and locations of out-of-town pharmacies in the network so that travelers can easily refill prescriptions.
Dankoff says that while there is a national trend toward providing more medical information to patients via the Web, SummaCare is the only local health plan currently using the drug information system.
She says access to prescription information represents the just tip of the medical information iceberg, and that SummaCare plans to make a wide range of personal health information available to members soon. By the end of the year, the MCO's members should be able to access and download enrollment forms and claims information, she says. The organization plans to offer similar services to physicians and brokers.
SummaCare Health Plan, based in Akron, provides coverage to about 120,000 members in Northeast Ohio. How to reach: Summa Health System, (330) 375-3000