With the ink from President Obama's signature having dried on the stimulus package two weeks ago, insurance companies have had some time to ponder their next steps.

One such insurer, Kaiser Permanente, published a pair of studies earlier this week that are intended to demonstrate that a comprehensive electronic health record can increase consumer convenience and satisfaction and provider efficiency while maintaining clinical quality. Additionally, the carrier found that connecting patients directly with their care providers and giving online access to important medical information was crucial to the adoption of online tools.

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