The American Medical Association (AMA) announced that it is working with Microsoft to better connect patients with their physicians. Patients and their physicians will be able to exchange vital health care information by connecting through Microsoft’s HealthVault.
Microsoft’s HealthVault is a platform developed by Microsoft to store and maintain health and fitness information.
Through this collaboration physicians will be able to access self reported patient health information at the point of care, while enabling patients to access vital information that has been entered through the physician’s office.
With patient consent, physicians will be able to access a patient’s HealthVault record through a new physician Web-based portal the AMA is developing with Covisint, a subsidiary of Compuware. The AMA portal, which is currently in beta testing, will provide physicians access to practice-related products, services and resources in a single location. The AMA plans to launch its new portal nationally in early 2010.
The AMA has been developing its portal for more than a year. The effort is aimed at helping physicians better meet their practice-related needs. Primary offerings will include: clinical resources, practice and revenue management tools, e-prescribing and electronic health record applications and professional development resources. The AMA portal will allow for personalized content, search capabilities and learning and networking opportunities that will not require great technological expertise to implement.
Source: American Medical Association, USA