Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Going live with Microsoft Healthvault

Last week, Beth Israel Deaconess went live with Microsoft Health Vault, just as we went live with Google Health last May. Like Google Health, using it is completely optional and patient controlled.

The code to link BIDMC medical records to Microsoft is a subtle variation of the code we used for Google Health. It leverages the same standards and required very little additional work. Here's how it works.

Patients using our Personal Health Record, Patientsite, just click on Microsoft Health Vault in the Patientsite Navigation Bar (screen capture above). They then link their Microsoft Passport credentials with their Patientsite account using the Healthvault login screen. Once this is done, Patients can choose to upload their problem lists, medications, and allergies to Healthvault, enabling patients to maintain their own lifetime health record on the Microsoft site. At any time, patients can deactivate the link to Healthvault and remove their information.

This initiative is part of my ongoing commitment to provide BIDMC EHR data to Personal Health Records such as Google, Microsoft, and Dossia so that patients can be the stewards of their own data and can exchange data with caregivers per their own privacy preferences.

Here's our press release about the effort.

BOSTON � Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) is expanding options for users of its secure PatientSite portal by joining forces with Microsoft HealthVault to offer a new way to safely exchange medical records and other health data.

The affiliation follows an earlier commitment to offer a similar service through Google Health.
�We believe that patients should be the stewards of their own data,� says John Halamka, MD, BIDMC�s chief information officer. �BIDMC�s PatientSite is wonderful if all care is delivered at BIDMC. However, many patients have primary care doctors, specialists, labs, pharmacies, and non-traditional providers at multiple institutions.

�Our vision is that BIDMC patients will be able to electronically upload their diagnosis lists, medication lists and allergy lists into a HealthVault account and share that information with health care providers who currently don�t have access to PatientSite.�

PatientSite, which currently has more than 40,000 patient users and 1,000 clincians, enables patients to access their medical records online, securely email their doctors, make appointments, renew medications and request referrals.

HealthVault is designed to put people in control of their health data. It helps them collect, store and share health information with family members and participating health care providers, and it provides people with a choice of third-party applications and devices to help them manage things such as fitness, diet and health.

HealthVault also provides a privacy- and security-enhanced foundation on which a broad ecosystem of providers � from medical providers and health and wellness device manufacturers to health associations � can build innovative new health and wellness solutions to help put people in increased control of their and their family�s health.

�The end result will be when patients leave the BIDMC area or see a provider outside the area they can have all their medical data located in one safe place,� adds Halamka.

Microsoft HealthVault can be found on the web at
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