The Social Security Administration will begin using the Nationwide Health Information Network in early 2009 to evaluate disability claims, according to an agency announcement released Dec. 16.
NHIN is designed to connect providers, consumers and others involved in health care. SSA will use the network to receive medical records for some disability applicants. The records help SSA officials determine how many of the 2.6 million annual disability applicants should receive assistance. Agency officials hope NHIN will reduce the time it takes to make an eligibility decision. See full article here: