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Updated: March 17, 2009
Cleveland Clinic Pilots Microsoft HealthVault

Cleveland Clinic said it is collaborating with Microsoft Corp. to pilot the patient-controlled data exchange between Microsoft HealthVault – a Web-based personal health platform suite of widely-used digital medical devices – and eCleveland Clinic MyChart, Cleveland Clinic’s electronic personal health record (PHR) system.

More than 150,000 Cleveland Clinic patients use eCleveland Clinic MyChart. The short-term pilot, begun on Nov. 3, is the first pilot in the country to follow multiple diseases in the clinical delivery setting using multiple at-home devices such as glucometers, heart rate monitors, weight scales and blood pressure monitors.

The pilot will be a physician-driven, invitation-only opportunity offered to a group of Cleveland Clinic PHR users in the areas of diabetes, hypertension and heart failure. Cleveland Clinic plans to enroll approximately 400 patients and aims to demonstrate that the program will enable patients and physicians to better manage and track chronic diseases from home, using the patient’s own computer.

"As the prevalence of chronic disease rises at an alarming rate in the United States, the strain on our nation’s economy and healthcare system can not be relieved without the creation of innovative, cost-effective solutions that involve patients in proactively managing their healthcare," said Dr. C. Martin Harris, chief information officer, Cleveland Clinic. "At Cleveland Clinic, we strive to participate in and help to advance the national dialogue around a more efficient and effective national healthcare system. This pilot is intended to demonstrate that utilization of our comprehensive PHR system can empower patients and physicians to better communicate and manage chronic conditions, improve efficiencies and hopefully lower costs."

Patients will be provided HealthVault-enabled digital devices, such as blood pressure monitors and glucometers, and asked to perform regular health monitoring. By connecting the device(s) to their home computers, their health information will be uploaded, with their consent, to a personal HealthVault account controlled by the patient, and then sent to their Cleveland Clinic MyChart account. This data will create an online log of the readings that will be available to the patient’s physician. Data sent from a patient’s HealthVault account to MyChart can not be changed or altered in any way.

By connecting with Microsoft HealthVault, Cleveland Clinic hopes to deliver:

  • Improved Outcomes for Patients – Using home-based devices, patients may be more apt totrack and measure their health, improving compliance and data integrity and allowing physicians to more efficiently view, track and measure their data.
  • Improved Clinician Efficiency – By receiving reliable, consistent and automatic patient data, physicians can improve the quality of office visits and reduce the length of appointment times.
  • Consumer Empowerment – This type of Web-enabled, consumer-driven approach will provide patients with increased control of their medical information and an important part to play in the management of their chronic disease.

Addresses: Cleveland Clinic, 9500 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44195; (800) 223-2273, www.clevelandclinic.org. Microsoft Corporation, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA 98050; (415) 882-8080, www.microsoft.com.


  This article was taken from:
The Executive Report on Physician Organizations

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