Today, more than 150,000 Cleveland Clinic patients use eCleveland Clinic
MyChart(R). The short-term pilot, begun on
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
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.
"These kinds of innovative solutions have the potential to help physicians
and patients save time, improve accuracy of health information and communicate
more effectively," states
By connecting with Microsoft(R) HealthVault, Cleveland Clinic hopes to deliver:
-- Improved outcomes for patients - Using home-based devices, patients may be more apt to track 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.
"The HealthVault pilot with Cleveland Clinic could have a far-reaching
effect on the approach to managing chronic disease not just in this country
but in any geography with Internet connectivity," said
Microsoft HealthVault (www.healthvault.com) is a personal health application platform. HealthVault provides a privacy and security-enhanced foundation on which a broad eco-system of providers can build innovative health and wellness solutions such as PHRs, disease management, fitness, weight loss and other Web applications. HealthVault can be used to collect and store health information that would otherwise reside in disparate systems, and transfer the information between a variety of providers' health services and systems. It enables the re-use and free flow of interoperable and transportable personal health information.
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About Microsoft in Health
Microsoft is committed to improving health around the world through software innovation. Over the past twelve years Microsoft has steadily increased its investments in health, with a focus on addressing the challenges of health providers, health and social services organizations, payers, consumers and life sciences companies worldwide. Microsoft closely collaborates with a broad ecosystem of partners and develops its own powerful health solutions, such as Amalga and HealthVault. Together, Microsoft and its industry partners are working to advance a vision of unifying health information and make it more readily available, ensuring the best quality of life and affordable care for everyone.
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.
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