The Cleveland Clinic has an electronic health-record system called MyPractice for its clinicians and a tethered personal health record, MyChart, for its patients. So why did it want to partner with Microsoft Corp. on a pilot home health project using the software giant's HealthVault PHR platform?
In a word, interfacing.
By using HealthVault, Cleveland Clinic could focus on what it does best, patient care, while the clinic could leverage Microsoft's gravity as the biggest planet in the software universe to solve the problem of interfacing with multiple home health devices, according to award-winner C. Martin Harris, a physician and the clinic's chief information officer. The partnership with Microsoft let the Cleveland Clinic build just one interface, between its system and the HealthVault platform to monitor patients' blood glucose meters, blood-pressure cuffs, weight scales and pulse oximeters.