CLEVELAND, Feb. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Cleveland Clinic, a world-class
academic medical institution and leader in health information technology,
today announced a collaboration with Google, the world's leading Internet
search company, to pilot features and services of a new health offering
from Google. The Google offering, not yet publicly available, will assist
providers like Cleveland Clinic to create a new kind of healthcare
experience that puts the patient in charge of his or her own health
Today, more than 100,000 Cleveland Clinic patients benefit from
Cleveland Clinic's electronic personal health record (PHR) system called
eCleveland Clinic MyChart(R). The pilot, an invitation-only opportunity
offered to a group of Cleveland Clinic PHR users, plans to enroll between
1,500 and 10,000 patients. It will test secure exchange of patient medical
record data such as prescriptions, conditions and allergies between their
Cleveland Clinic PHR to a secure Google profile in a live clinical delivery
setting. The ultimate goal of this patient-centered and controlled model is
to give patients the ability to interact with multiple physicians,
healthcare service providers and pharmacies.
"Patients are more proactively managing their own healthcare
information," said C. Martin Harris, M.D., 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. Utilizing Cleveland Clinic's PHR expertise,
this collaboration is intended to help Google test features and services
that will ultimately allow all Americans (as patients) to direct the
exchange of their medical information between their various providers
without compromising their privacy."
The pilot will eventually extend Cleveland Clinic's online patient
services to a broader audience while enabling the portability of patient
data so patients can take their data with them wherever they go-even
outside the Cleveland Clinic Health System.
"We believe patients should be able to easily access and manage their
own health information," said Marissa Mayer, Vice President, Search
Products and User Experience, Google. "We chose Cleveland Clinic as one of
the first partners to pilot our new health offering because as a provider,
they already empower their patients by giving them online tools that help
them manage their medical records online and coordinate care with their
By integrating with the Google platform, Cleveland Clinic is helping
create national access to electronic medical records at no cost to the user
or provider. The integration between the two systems will help deliver:
-- National Access-A more efficient and effective healthcare system driven
by a working interoperability model that moves electronic medical
records from a closed model to one that is open and connected.
-- Consumer Empowerment-A secure patient-centric, consumer-driven tool
that will provide each consumer increased control of their medical
care, without compromising their privacy. This will empower patients to
actively manage their overall health.
-- 24/7 Access/Portability-A web portal with 24/7 access, capable of
providing the consumer with an opportunity to actively engage in their
health care, heightening the importance of quality care and service by
"The partnership with Google is an example of true innovation in health
care which brings value to patients and providers," said Delos M. "Toby"
Cosgrove, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer, Cleveland Clinic,
and member of the Google Health Advisory Council. "As the volume of medical
information available to patients increases, it becomes more important for
doctors and patients to use this information in a way that empowers the
patient to be more collaborative with their care providers."
About Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland Clinic, located in Cleveland, Ohio, is a not-for-profit
multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and
hospital care with research and education. Cleveland Clinic was founded in
1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding
patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and
innovation. U.S. News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as
one of the nation's best hospitals in its annual "America's Best Hospitals"
survey. Approximately 1,800 full-time salaried physicians and researchers
at Cleveland Clinic and Cleveland Clinic Florida represent more than 100
medical specialties and subspecialties. In 2006, there were 3.1 million
outpatient visits to Cleveland Clinic. Patients came for treatment from
every state and from more than 80 countries. There were more than 53,000
hospital admissions to Cleveland Clinic in 2006. Cleveland Clinic's Web
site address is http://www.clevelandclinic.org.
About Google Inc.
Google's innovative search technologies connect millions of people
around the world with information every day. Founded in 1998 by Stanford
Ph.D. students Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google today is a top web
property in all major global markets. Google's targeted advertising program
provides businesses of all sizes with measurable results, while enhancing
the overall web experience for users. Google is headquartered in Silicon
Valley with offices throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more
information, visit http://www.google.com. For information on the Google
Health Advisory Council, visit the following blog post:
SOURCE Cleveland Clinic