AMA, Microsoft collaborate for patient-physician communication

This in my humble opnion, is an indication of “things to come”, the American Medical Association (AMA) is working to have patients and physicians exchange healthcare information by connecting via HealthVault, an application developed by Microsoft to store and maintain health and fitness information.

According to this article, the collaboration will allow physicians to access self-reported patient health information at the point of care, while enabling patients to access information that has been entered by 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 that the AMA is developing with Covisint, a subsidiary of Detroit-based 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 said it plans to launch the portal in early 2010.

“Through Microsoft HealthVault’s connection to the AMA portal, patients will be able share personal health information with their physicians, who can make more informed decisions for improved coordination of care,” said David Cerino, general manager of the consumer health solutions group at the Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft.

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 applications, EHR applications and professional development resources. The association said its portal will allow for personalized content, search capabilities and learning and networking opportunities that will not require great technological expertise to implement.

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