Kaiser Permanente and Microsoft Corp. will test the capabilities of their personal health records to exchange data in a pilot program, the companies announced.
The organizations, which have partnered in the past, said that they hope the exchange will expand consumer access to online health management tools. Kaisers 156,000 employees are eligible to opt into the voluntary project, which will test the reliability of secure data exchange, according to Kaiser. In the early stages, were very interested in testing industry standards, said Anna-Lisa Silvestre, vice president of online services for the insurer, during a news conference announcing the pilot.
During the pilot the PHRs will exchange immunization records, information on allergies and medications, and demographic data under standards outlined in the standard organization Health Level 7s Continuity of Care Document, Silvestre said. If the pilot is successful, Kaiser will open the program to its 8 million members.
Kaisers My Health Manager has more than 2 million users and Microsoft hopes to learn from the platform the company has created for its own HealthVault, said Peter Neupert, corporate vice president of the health solutions group at Microsoft. HealthVault was launched last October. -- by Jean DerGurahian