Cardinal Health has become the first healthcare organization to offer its employees electronic personal health records through the newly formed Dossia, a Web-based PHR firm developed by the not-for-profit Omnimedix Institute, Portland, Ore., according to a Cardinal Health news release. Cardinal , the Dublin, Ohio-based drug wholesaler and hospital supply firm, joins Dossia Founder Group firms Applied Materials, BP America, Intel Corp., Pitney Bowes and Wal-Mart. Cardinal brings annual sales of $81 billion and 55,000 employees, joining about 2.5 million other employees participating in the Dossia launch expected in mid-2007. Cardinal Health President and Chief Executive Officer R. Kerry Clark said in a written statement that the company has encouraged employees to take an active role in managing their healthcare and believe that empowering consumers with this resource will lead to improved healthcare quality, efficiency and better patient outcomes.
The Dossia record system is portable, allowing employees to maintain their records even after switching employers. Participating company employees can request Dossia to gather healthcare information from various sources and store in secured databases accessible only to the employee and those to whom the employee has granted permission. Employees of the Dossia companies can opt in or out of participation.