Kaiser Permanente signed on this morning for a pretty extensive pilot with Microsoft,
allowing its 159,000 employees to copy their online health records into HealthVault. This is a big coup for Microsoft and a fairly ambitious move for KP which to this point hasn’t said much publicly about the data transferability it was going to provide for its members. This is a clear signal.
Assuming that the pilot is a success, presumably all Kaiser members using My Health Manager (over 2 million now and heading to 3 million at years end) will soon be able to move their data to HealthVault. We are potentially seeing the first real example of mass scale data interoperability onto a platform not connected to a health care organization. And obviously, Google is playing in this same space too.
Once the data is collected in HealthVault, there are lots of possibilities for what can be done with that data, and what services can be offered.
Back in the days when Justen Deal was causing havoc with HealthConnect, I had a somewhat unorthodox interview with Permanente’s Andy Wiesenthal — in which (without KP’s PR folks knowing) I called him in a taxi on a cell phone late on a Friday night. Perhaps it’s a mark of how far THCB has come (you decide if it’s good or bad) that in regular business hours on Friday, KP’s publicity machine lined me up for a pre-release interview with Peter Neupert, Corporate VP of Microsoft Health Solutions Group and Anne-Lisa Silvestre, VP of Online Services at KP.
I spoke with them about what they intended to do, why they were
doing it, and where they thought that it was taking American health
UPDATE: I apparently missed something quite important in a comment
made by Anna-Lisa Silverstre. Here’s how Steve Lohr reported it in the
Kaiser chose the Microsoft technology, even though Ms. Silvestre is
a member of a group of health professionals advising Google. Ms.
Silvestre said Kaiser also looked closely at Google, but was
particularly impressed by Microsoft’s technology for protecting the
privacy and security of personal data. And she noted that Microsoft and
Kaiser are using the same Web-based format, called a Continuity of Care
Document, or CCD. Ms.Silvestre said Google is initially focusing
its efforts on a different format for Web health records, called
Continuity of Care Record, or CCR.
But these different Web
standards, analysts say, are not a long-term obstacle to consumer
health records from rival companies being able to share and view
information. Google, for example, is committed to supporting both
formats, and so is Microsoft.
“Google will certainly be a player
in this, and we look forward to working with them,” Ms. Silvestre said.
“We’re all for consumer choice.”
some people are reading rather more into this choice in formats.
Apparently the CCD format makes the data viewable rather than
delivering discrete data elements that would make it interoperable. I’m
hoping that some who know more than me will chime in here, but my
impression is that it’s the equivalent of moving a copy of an html file
than handing over a full database. Please comment on this below.
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