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Updated: Nov. 25, 2008
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 management tools.

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 Connectivity Device.

Kaiser said a distinction between its online health tool and others offered by insurers is the range and relevance of the information itself.

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, Microsoft Corp., One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA 98052; (425) 882-8080,

  This article was taken from:
The Executive Report on Managed Care

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