The competition for being “connected” with personal health records continues. Earlier this year Google made their announcements and this agreement with Kaiser looks to be pretty substantial. The key now is to encourage more consumers to take an interest in their health and establish a PHR to store needed information. Kaiser Permanente, by adding the service will also give patients the potential to have access and share information with another physician or health facility, as a simple example, when having to see or visit a physician or facility that is “out of network” in case of an emergency or traveling outside the area of coverage, this could make the task a bit easier to accomplish. BD
REDMOND, Wash., and OAKLAND, Calif. — June 6, 2008 — Executives from Kaiser Permanente and Microsoft Corp. will host a joint media teleconference on Monday, June 9, to announce a new strategic relationship. Kaiser Permanente and Microsoft Empower Consumers to Take Charge of Their Health Press Release below.
Pilot program will allow voluntary data exchange from Kaiser Permanente’s market-leading personal health record to Microsoft® HealthVault™
OAKLAND, CA and REDMOND, WA (June 9, 2008) – Kaiser Permanente and Microsoft Corp. announced today that the two companies will pilot health data transfers between Kaiser Permanente’s My Health Manager and Microsoft’s HealthVault consumer health platform. Pairing two leaders in online health innovation, this pilot program is expected to unveil new strategies for expanding consumer access to online health information and management tools.
The pilot program will extend the functionality of the successful Kaiser Permanente personal health record, My Health Manager. Already, My Health Manager’s more than two million users have convenient and easy online access to clinical information and health management tools, including e-mailing your doctor, online prescription refills and appointment scheduling. Connecting My Health Manager to the HealthVault platform will allow users to combine personal health information from Kaiser Permanente and a wide range of other trusted sources, including health and wellness management applications and devices. “Providing new ways to manage their health online is one more way we can engage consumers in their care,” said Anna-Lisa Silvestre Vice President of Online Services at Kaiser Permanente. “We believe that Microsoft HealthVault will be a valuable supplement to our expanding set of online features.”
“We’re very pleased to work with Kaiser to deliver innovative online health services focused on improving the quality of care and the health and wellness of individuals and families,” said Peter Neupert, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Health Solutions Group. “As the universe of online health applications and devices continues to grow, people will learn how technology can empower them and their trusted providers to make the most informed decisions about their health and care.”
Both Kaiser Permanente’s My Health Manager and Microsoft’s HealthVault adhere to federal standards for data exchange and include advanced safeguards to protect members’ personal information. HealthVault is built on the principle that people should have a copy of their own health information, have control over it and have the ability to securely and privately share information with whomever they choose. In consultation with consumer privacy experts, Microsoft developed and implemented industry-leading health privacy commitments and stringent privacy principles for health technology partners integrating with HealthVault..
HealthVault automatically imports and exports between standards that are meaningful in the health care industry, such as WC3 eXtensible Markup Language (XML), HL7 Continuity of Care Document (CCD), ASTM Continuity of Care Record (CCR.), Clinical Document Architecture (CDA) and Common Connectivity Device.
The distinction between Kaiser Permanente’s online health tool and others offered by insurers is the quality and relevance of the information itself: In addition to containing benefits and eligibility information, My Health Manager also is powered by both clinical data entered by physicians, going much deeper than the standard claims-based PHRs on the market. For example, consumers can not only see a record of a test that they had, but also the result of that test and in some cases, direct feedback from their doctors about the result. Since both the patient and physician use the data, consumers are actively using their Kaiser Permanente PHR to communicate with their physician and support their health goals.
Kaiser Permanente’s 156,000 employees will be eligible to participate in the pilot program announced today. Participation in the employee pilot is voluntary and is designed to test the ability to transfer data easily and securely, and ensure that the functionality allows easy access to individual personal health information, as well as the ability to manage that data. If the pilot is successful, the program will be expanded to include Kaiser Permanente’s more than eight million members.
About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is America's leading integrated health plan. Founded in 1945, it is a not-for-profit, group practice program headquartered in Oakland, Calif. Kaiser Permanente serves 8.7 million members in nine states and the District of Columbia. Today it encompasses the not-for-profit Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc., Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and their subsidiaries, and the for-profit Permanente Medical Groups. Nationwide, Kaiser Permanente includes approximately 159,000 technical, administrative and clerical employees and caregivers, and 13,000 physicians representing all specialties. For more Kaiser Permanente news, visit the KP News Center at: http://xnet.kp.org/newscenter.
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.
Microsoft and Kaiser Permanente to Hold Joint Conference Call During Health IT Week Monday, June 9, 2008 8–8:30 a.m. PDT/11–11:30 a.m. EDT
The live teleconference will begin at 8 a.m. PDT. Participants can access the teleconference with the information :Dial-in number: (888) 677-1822 International dial-in number: +1 (210) 234-0029Pass code: Please say either “Kaiser” or “Microsoft” to the operator. For security reasons, the pass code will be required to join the call.Instant replay plus information: Replays are generally available one hour after a call ends.
Peter Neupert, corporate vice president of the Health Solutions Group at Microsoft and Lisa Silvestre, vice president of Online Services at Kaiser Permanente
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