HealthVault Personal Health Records and SharePoint Server will be getting much better acquainted in the 3rd quarter this year.  As you can read in the press release below, HealthVault is expanding it’s capabilities and the ability to further integrate and provide interoperability for patients with hospital records via the up and imagecoming Community Connect project. 

This has somewhat been a missing puzzle piece here and with SharePoint Server the gap is being bridged.  When integrated with hospital systems, a patient will be able to register for inpatient services and use the information stored in their HealthVault application.  This certainly makes it a lot easier than having to sit there and try to remember everything, not to mention, filling out a ton of forms as there will be a bunch of those anyway so at least with sending the health records, it’s one less item to have to sit and strain your brains.  Also in the news today Eclipsys announces their further integration with both Nuance (Dragon Naturally Speaking) with mobility with the IPhone and their Sunrise Enterprise system also integrates with HealthVault.  Video below from the CTO discussing their partnership with Microsoft. 

Eclipsys and Microsoft To Integrate Sunrise Enterprise Suite With Amalga Unified Intelligence System

Also mentioned in the video is the work being done at El Camino Hospital, take a look at the link below to see what’s happening and all the new technology in use.

Technology in Use at El Camino Hospital – Mountain View, CA (Video)

Is there going to be any system soon that doesn’t connect to HeatlhVault?  You can almost have Share Point any way you want it today too with online hosted versions available.  I use a mini version for my own use with Office Online and it works well and for the small amount of documents I share, the limited space is free.  The HealthVault Platform is already in use with New York Presbyterian Hospital who has been working with a pilot version with patients and doctors.  BD 

Press Release:

ATLANTA — March 1, 2010 — At the 2010 Annual Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Conference & Exhibition, Microsoft Corp. today announced Microsoft HealthVault Community Connect, a new software solution for hospitals designed to help them improve care coordination and engage patients and their families in managing their own health. HealthVault Community Connect enables hospitals to give patients and referring physicians access, after discharge, to electronic copies of the patient’s personal health data generated at the hospital. The product also lets patients preregister for hospital appointments online using their electronic personal health information to populate hospital forms in advance.

The new solution is scheduled to be available in the third quarter of 2010.

Using HealthVault Community Connect, a hospital can give patients the option to access electronic medical information generated during hospital visits through the hospital’s Web site. In addition, patients can store this information in Microsoft HealthVault, a security-enhanced online service that is designed to put consumers in control of their health by providing a central place for them to gather, store and manage their health records, as well as share that information with family and a trusted network of caregivers.

For example, patients can log on to the hospital’s patient Web site from any computer with Internet access to view their hospital visit records — including discharge instructions, clinician notes, medications, and laboratory and radiology results. In addition, HealthVault Community Connect allows the patient to send a copy of the hospital visit records to the patient’s personal HealthVault account to store the data and share it with family, caregivers or health applications as desired.

A patient or physician can request that the hospital grant referring physicians, perhaps the patient’s primary care physician or a referring specialist, access to the patient visit records through the hospital’s Web site. Providing this access will allow these physicians to easily stay informed about the patient’s treatment at the hospital and to help coordinate care more efficiently. The hospital will control the list of physicians who are authorized to access the patient’s records through the hospital’s physician portal.image

“With HealthVault Community Connect, we are targeting one of the fundamental gaps in the care process — the lack of electronic information flow between the hospital, the patient and the patient’s care team outside the hospital,” said David Cerino, general manager, Microsoft Health Solutions Group. “By allowing patients and their personal physicians to access electronic copies of their discharge instructions, for example, hospitals can facilitate better health outcomes by getting the relevant information into the hands of the people who need it most.”

According to research conducted by The New England Healthcare Institute (NEHI), one-third to one-half of patients in the United States do not take their medications as prescribed, costing the country $290 billion annually in avoidable medical spending.* To help address adherence, the NEHI report proposes creating healthcare teams, engaging and educating patients in their own care, and taking advantage of health information technologies, including electronic health records, to promote the sharing of medication data among patients, physicians and other caregivers.

“As an early adopter of HealthVault Community Connect, Brooks is excited about applying innovative technology to enhance service to our patients and referring community,” said Karen Green, chief information officer at Brooks, a 143-bed acute physical rehabilitation hospital with more than 25 outpatient centers and a home health services division that receives patients from more than 2,000 referral sources in Florida and south Georgia. “This solution will address Brooks’ strategic initiatives to improve care coordination and engage patients and families in their healthcare.”

In addition to providing patient health data following treatment, hospitals using HealthVault Community Connect can offer their patients the ability to preregister for hospital admission online using the personal health information stored in their HealthVault account, including medical history, current medications, insurance and demographic information. Using the patients’ personal health data from HealthVault to populate the hospital’s admission forms before the visit can save time and help patients improve the consistency of information entered.

Designed for hospitals of any size, HealthVault Community Connect will integrate with an organization’s existing information technology infrastructure and use Microsoft SharePoint Server, so it can be easily customized and can evolve to meet future organizational requirements.

About Microsoft in Health

Microsoft is committed to improving health around the world through software innovation. Over the past 12 years Microsoft has steadily increased its investments in health, with a focus on addressing the challenges of health providers, health and social services organizations, payers, consumers, and life sciences companies worldwide. Microsoft closely collaborates with a broad ecosystem of partners and develops its own powerful health solutions, such as Amalga and HealthVault. Together, Microsoft and its industry partners are working to advance a vision of unifying health information and making it more readily available, ensuring the best quality of life and affordable care for everyone.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

* New England Healthcare Institute, “Thinking Outside the Pillbox: A System-wide Approach to Improving Patient Medication Adherence for Chronic Disease

New Microsoft Health Solution Connects Hospitals With Patients and Referring Physicians to Improve Coordination of Care: Lets hospitals exchange electronic patient health information with patients and referring doctors.

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