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More Americans Aware of Digital Health Options; Use of Health IT Increases
Date:6/12/2008

ion a reality.

As America celebrates National Health Information Technology Week, the health care industry and the nation as a whole must seize the opportunity and do much more to tell the personal success stories of health IT and ensure all Americans can use electronic medical records and other digital health management tools with confidence. This is a key component of bringing real change to America's health care system. Kaiser Permanente, through its electronic medical record Kaiser Permanente HealthConnect(TM), the patient portal My Health Manager, and a just announced strategic relationship with Microsoft to integrate the new HealthVault platform, is leading the effort to make health information technologies available at all points of care.

"Data is a cornerstone tool for transforming care delivery and a critical driver in reforming our nation's health care system," said George Halvorson, chairman and chief executive officer of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals. "Doctors should have access to information about all of their patients all of the time. And patients should be able to take a more active role in tracking and managing their own health information online. But if we do not empower both patients and doctors to use these tools, then their great benefits may not be fully realized."

KP HealthConnect is the world's largest civilian electronic medical record, with all of its 8.7 million Kaiser members. Furthermore, all of Kaiser Permanente's 13,000-plus physicians now have electronic access to their patients' medical records in every one of Kaiser Permanente's 421 medical offices and clinics, and 34 hospitals.

The newly announced Kaiser Permanente strategic relationship with Microsoft gives consumers another level of access to their health information and enables them to integrate personal electronic health data from multiple sources into one secure repository using Microsoft's new HealthVault platform. For Kaiser Permanen
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