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Kaiser Permanente and Microsoft Empower Consumers to Take Charge of Their Health
Date:6/9/2008

Pilot program will allow voluntary data exchange from Kaiser Permanente's

market-leading personal health record to Microsoft HealthVault

OAKLAND, Calif. and REDMOND, Wash., June 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Kaiser Permanente and Microsoft Corp. announced today that the two companies will pilot health data transfers between Kaiser Permanente's My Health Manager and the Microsoft HealthVault consumer health platform. Pairing two leaders in online health innovation, this pilot program is expected to unveil new strategies for expanding consumer access to online health information and management tools.

The pilot program will extend the functionality of the successful Kaiser Permanente personal health record, My Health Manager. Already, My Health Manager's more than 2 million users have convenient and easy online access to clinical information and health management tools, including e-mailing your doctor, online prescription refills and appointment scheduling. Connecting My Health Manager to the HealthVault platform will allow users to combine personal health information from Kaiser Permanente and a wide range of health and wellness management applications and devices such as blood pressure monitors.

"Providing new ways to manage their health online is one more way we can engage consumers in their care," said Anna-Lisa Silvestre, Vice President of Online Services at Kaiser Permanente. "We believe that Microsoft HealthVault will be a valuable supplement to our expanding set of online features."

"We're very pleased to work with Kaiser to deliver innovative online health services focused on improving the quality of care and the health and wellness of individuals and families," said Peter Neupert, corporate vice president of Microsoft's Health Solutions Group. "As the universe of online health applications continues to grow, people will learn how technology can empower them and their trusted providers to make the most informed decisions about thei
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