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Blue Button, The Easiest Way To Download And Share PHR

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Major medical information at hospitals and other health care service providers were stored in paper files, so it was not convenient to access or use. But not any more as America’s health care system goes digital. Many people in the U.S still do not have an easy electronic access to their health information and many are unaware of the steps taken by the Federal government towards solving that problem. Blue Button Data for America is a collaborative effort by the Department of Health and Human Services, the White House, and the Department of Veterans Affairs to expand consumer access to personal health information. Blue Button is a way to get easy, secure online access to your health information. With Blue Button you can “download your health data” and use it[…….]

Caradigm, A Microsoft and GE healthcare joint venture

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

  Microsoft and General Electric team up to form a joint venture, Caradigm to modernize health care technology which will increase care efficiency and cut costs. Caradigm is a 50-50 joint venture formed by two of world’s largest companies: Microsoft and General Electric. It brings together Microsoft’s strengths in developing large-scale data platforms with GE Healthcare’s expertise in building health-care applications. “The combination of people and technology from GE Healthcare and Microsoft will allow us to drive the dramatic change that is needed in healthcare,” Caradigm CEO Michael Simpson said. “We can offer innovative healthcare solutions, including an open platform and tools that enable software developers around the world to address the complexities of population health today.” He also said a smaller joint-venture company would be able to act more[…….]

The Downfall Of Google Health

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Google has discontinued its personal health record service – Google Health. This has analysts from around the industry questioning if PHRs are a workable source of information in their current form. Google Health used to take users’ medical records and bring them online. Users had to make personal profiles and add their medical information manually. This included conditions, medication, allergies, procedures, test results and immunizations. Users also had an option of importing health records from Walgreens and other partners. Good privacy options were available as Google would not share records with anyone unless asked to do so by the user. Google health was later updated with a new look and feel which included new tools to let consumers monitor and record their daily physical activity, as well as help patients[…….]

Personal health record (PHR) use rising in U.S.

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

While the general adoption rate of personal health records (PHR) is still low in the U.S., the health records are catching on despite privacy and other concerns, according to a new study released Tuesday by the California Healthcare Foundation. The results of a survey released today of thousands of users of electronic personal health records nationwide (PHRs) revealed that while the wealthy tend to use them more, it was the poor who derive the greatest benefits from online records. Several companies offer PHR tools. Notable offers are Google Health, Microsoft Health Vault and Web MD PHR Unlike electronic health records (EHRs), which are used by doctors and other healthcare providers, PHRs are used by the patients to access information online about their health, whether it is the latest medical laboratory[…….]

Healthvault PHR to be available in Germany

Friday, January 29th, 2010

Microsoft has licensed its HealthVault personal health record platform to Siemens in Germany. Siemens, through its IT services and solutions division, will be the exclusive provider of HealthVault in Germany. Germany will be the third country to adopt the PHR technology. A number of US healthcare organisations have been working with the platform, including New York’s Presbyterian Hospital, which has linked it to Microsoft’s Amalga unified intelligence system. The Seattle based software giant has also worked with Toronto-based telecoms firm Telus to take the platform to Canada as Telus Health Space and is now seem to be targeting Europe market. “In Siemens IT Solutions and Services, we have found a reliable and competent partner with whom we can jointly bring innovative solutions to the German healthcare system. With HealthVault, we[…….]

MediConnect buys PassportMD PHR

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Health services provider MediConnect is the new entrant to Personal Health Record business now after it purchased PassportMD for an undisclosed amount. MediConnect is a Utah-based company that retrieves and digitizes health records for insurers, lawyers and medical practices. MediConnect retrieves medical records from doctor’s offices, insurance companies and others, puts them in digital form and sends to law firms and life and health insurance companies. Clients also include services such as Google Health, which makes records available to the patient. Like Google Health, PassportMD takes digital records and passes them on to consumers over the Internet. PassportMD was one of four companies selected to provide access to electronic personal health records for Medicare beneficiaries in a pilot program in Utah and Arizona. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services[…….]

Practice Fusion to Launch Personal Health Record Service

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

Practice Fusion Inc. the free, Web-based electronic health record service (EHR) for physicians, announced the launch of Patient Fusion, its free personal health record (PHR) today at Dreamforce 2009, salesforce.com‘s user and developer conference, held November 17-20 in San Francisco. Built on the Force.com platform, Patient Fusion currently gives over one million patients in the U.S. the ability to connect online with their doctors and their medical records. Through Patient Fusion, doctors grant patients instant access to their medical records, medications and immunization history. Updates to the patient’s records are available in real-time in the cloud. Patients will also be able to schedule appointments, request prescription refills, email their physicians, and, most importantly, share their data with other providers at any time. More details can be found on PHR section[…….]

Florida to provide PHR to Medicaid patients

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

The Florida state agency for Health Care Administration announced plans to launch a Web-based personal health record system for the state’s 2.6 million Medicaid beneficiaries. State agency believes that launching a PHR system helps improve the overall health of Medicaid users and reduces medical costs. The personal health record toll will give patients the ability to more closely track such things as doctor visits, immunization shots, medications and procedures performed. They’ll also have access to a large library of health topics that will be integrated with the health record. The PHR will be available within 30 days at FloridaHealthFinder.gov, accessible via a Medicaid I.D. number. The state is the first to offer all Medicaid recipients a PHR, says agency Secretary Holly Benson. The PHR initially will enable users to enter[…….]

GE to offer Personal Health Record – Life Sensor

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

G.E.’s offers a vast pool of healthcare products and machinary. The company has now entered into the emerging PHR field and has come up with its own personal health record tool called “LifeSensor” Life Sensor is a software product that provides web based personal health records services. Unlike the major providers such as Google and Micrsoft, GE does not provide the free service. Isntead, users need to pay service charges of 60 dollars per year. Life Sensor claims to offer the following benefits Helps you reduce health care expenditures. Provides reminders about appointments for immunizations or check-ups. Captures important digital images and medical information including data from glucometers, blood pressure readers and scales. Provides you with up-to-date health content written by recognized professionals. Allows you to manage who accesses your[…….]

Dossia Improves Its Personal Health Record Tools

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Press Release: Dossia, one of the personal health record providers, and a non-profit organization, today announced that the company has added a several new features to Dossia Personally-Controlled Health Record. One of the significantly new features include the capability to support personal health records for employees` dependents. Dossia will now provide lifelong personal health records (PHR) to both employees and their dependents. PHR is a new breed of personal tools available to track personal medical information such as medical history, dietary habbits and other health related information in digital format. PHRs are owned and controlled by patients, not your health care provider or physician. Refer to how to choose a personal health record (PHR) article to learn more. Since launching in 2006, Dossia has been dedicated to educating and empowering[…….]