The Military Health System could debut a personal health-record system by December, working in conjunction with rival PHR platform developers Microsoft Corp. and Google, a military health official said in a blog posting.
Stephen Jones reported on a tour of health facilities with Chuck Campbell, the MHS chief information officer, including a trip to 205-bed Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, Wash. While there, Jones said they met with some of the brightest technical and medical minds in the military and spoke of a new partnership between the DoD and Google and Microsoft to develop a prototype personal health record.
The new PHR will be both available to, and entirely controlled by, the patient, and at no additional cost to the beneficiary, Jones wrote. A first draft of the system is set to debut as early as December and we are very excited about the potential of this new technology.
The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments are under congressional mandate to achieve interoperability between their two related clinical information systems. Veterans Health Administration at the VA has had a PHR, MyHealtheVet, since 2003.
The VAs PHR is open to the public with two of its three tiers of functionality available to anyone, free of charge. There are more than 600,000 registered users of MyHealtheVet, of which 72% are VA patients. More than 70,000 veterans have been in-person authenticated, according to the VA, a security requirement for third-tier usage, which includes access to patient information on the VAs VistA electronic health-record system.