|Kaiser Permanente And Microsoft Pilot Heath Data Transfers
Kaiser Permanente and Microsoft Corp. said that the two
companies will pilot health data transfers between Kaiser
Permanente’s My Health Manager and the Microsoft HealthVault
consumer health platform.
The pilot program is expected to unveil new strategies
for expanding consumer access to online health information and
The pilot program will extend the functionality of the
Kaiser Permanente personal health record (PHR), My Health Manager.
Already, My Health Manager’s more than 2 million users have
convenient and easy online access to clinical information and health
management tools, including e-mailing their doctor, online prescription
refills and appointment scheduling, Kaiser said.
Connecting My Health Manager to the HealthVault platform
will allow users to combine personal health information from Kaiser
Permanente and a wide range of health and wellness management
applications and devices such as blood pressure monitors, Kaiser said.
HealthVault automatically imports and exports using
standards that are meaningful in the healthcare industry, such as WC3
eXtensible Markup Language (XML), HL7 Continuity of Care Document, ASTM
Continuity of Care Record, Clinical Document Architecture and Common
Kaiser said a distinction between its online health tool
and others offered by insurers is the range and relevance of the
In addition to containing benefits and eligibility
information, My Health Manager is also powered byboth clinical data
entered by physicians, going much deeper than the standard claims-based
PHRs on the market, Kaiser said.
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 in My Health Manager, consumers are
actively using their Kaiser Permanente PHR to communicate with their
physician and support their health goals, Kaiser said.
Kaiser Permanente’s 156,000 employees will be
eligible to participate in the pilot program. Participation in the
employee pilot is voluntary and is designed to help ensure that the
functionality allows easy access to individual personal health
information, as well as enhancing the ability to manage that data. If
the pilot is successful, the program will be expanded to include Kaiser
Permanente’s more than 8 million members.
Addresses: Kaiser Permanente, One Kaiser Plaza, Oakland, CA 94612; (510) 271-2377, www.kaiserpermanente.org. Microsoft Corp., One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA 98052; (425) 882-8080, www.microsoft.com.