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HealthVault Goes International – Partnering with Bumrungrad Hospital in Thailand for Medical Travelers

Posted Oct 28 2009 11:01pm

This is not the first time Bumrungrad Hospital has been covered on the blog.   Earlier this year the wireless network with Windows Mobile and a section about Amalga, so the HealthVault addition today adds it all up.  The hospital is one of the first outside the US using the entire Amalga HIS system.  Within the US due to established electronic systems, we see mostly aggregating services of Amalga sold and marketed; however hospitals overseas who are basically starting with ground zero have installed the entire Amalga solution from the ground up, to include medical records, labs and more, in other words the entire solution. 

By using Microsoft HeatlhVault, patients and physicians from all areas are going to be able to connect and share medical records and more importantly as we have heard so much emphasis and desire today, it revolves around the patient.  The patient is very much involved in the process in being in control of their personal health records.  Below I have included a video about the hospital.  If a patient has a procedure at the hospital, the records with the connection through HealthVault, allows them to share information as they choose and desire, and bringing back medical information to a doctor here in the US after a procedure done miles away could serve to be very helpful.  BD 

Bumrungrad International Hospital to Go Wireless With Windows Mobile to run Microsoft Amalga

Microsoft Amalga Hospital Information System at Bumrungrad International Hospital

Press Release:

Bumrungrad Hospital in Thailand: first international hospital to implement Microsoft HealthVault.

LOS ANGELES — Oct. 28, 2009 — Today at the World Medical Tourism and Global Health Congress held here, Microsoft Corp. and Bumrungrad International Hospital, based in Bangkok, announced they have begun a phased rollout of a new service using Microsoft HealthVault, an online personal health application platform, with plans to offer the program to more than 1 million Bumrungrad patients beginning in early 2010. By connecting Microsoft HealthVault to its hospital information system (HIS) running on Microsoft Amalga HIS, Bumrungrad will empower patients to shop overseas for health care, access their Bumrungrad medical records online while on the go, and maintain continuity with doctors at home and abroad.

Using HealthVault, patients who travel internationally and/or choose treatment at Bumrungrad will be able to gather, store and share health information with doctors, family and others whom they authorize after receiving treatment. Bumrungrad is the first hospital to offer medical tourists connectivity with HealthVault.

Bumrungrad was the first internationally accredited hospital in Asia and is one of the most popular destinations for medical tourists. With more than 700 specialists, 200 of which are American board-certified, Bumrungrad is recognized for providing affordable, high-quality surgeries and outpatient procedures. More than 45,000 American patients sought treatment at Bumrungrad in 2008. English is widely spoken, and the hospital employs more than 100 interpreters for dozens of other languages.

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“Many Americans can’t and don’t want to wait for reform to come to them. They’re taking matters into their own hands, travelling for procedures such as a heart bypass or back operations,” said Curtis Schroeder, CEO of Bumrungrad. “At Bumrungrad, they can get excellent care at a fraction of the American cost. And with HealthVault, they can share their medical records with doctors on both sides of the ocean — things like medical history, lab results and procedure details. We see it as a great innovation supporting continuity of care.”

“We believe empowering consumers with a copy of their personal health data and facilitating continuity of care among health care providers is critically important,” said Nate McLemore, general manager, Microsoft Health Solutions Group. “We’re pleased to be working with Bumrungrad, a leader in international medicine, to offer these capabilities to patients and providers.”

By connecting its HIS to HealthVault, Bumrungrad is allowing patients to pull their medical information generated at Bumrungrad — including test results, medications and discharge summaries — into their individual HealthVault accounts. Once their personal health information is stored in HealthVault, the patient can share it, as desired, with other clinicians and caregivers, or use it with a wide range of personal health applications.

Microsoft Amalga HIS is a comprehensive hospital information system that provides rich integration of a patient’s critical information, including registration, clinical systems, laboratory, radiology, pharmacy, allergies and vital signs, giving clinicians and administrators access to information within and across departments. Once authorized by the patient, Amalga HIS uses the ASTM Continuity of Care Record industry-standard specification to push medical information into the patient’s HealthVault account.

Amalga HIS also can pull a patient’s medication lists, allergies and vital signs such as blood pressure and blood glucose from the patient’s HealthVault record into Amalga HIS, saving time for the patient and improving the completeness and accuracy of patient information delivered to Bumrungrad clinicians.

A new report from Deloitte supports a growing need for global patient solutions:

· 94 percent of Americans believe that health care is a threat to their financial security.

· 10 percent say they would be willing to travel outside the country for better value.

· By 2017 more than 23 million Americans could be traveling overseas to seek better, more affordable and timely health care services.

Patients who have embraced travelling overseas for health care, and have experienced great results, see the Bumrungrad-Microsoft relationship as a natural, next step.

Jack Taylor, a 63-year-old pilot from Pasadena, Calif., sought routine health screening at Bumrungrad a year ago and has since gone back for additional procedures, including a colonoscopy. He believes easier tracking of his treatment with HealthVault will allow him to optimize his own health care.

About Bumrungrad International

Bumrungrad International is an internationally accredited, multi-specialty hospital located in the heart of Bangkok, Thailand. Founded in 1980, today it is the largest private hospital in Southeast Asia, with 554 beds and over 30 specialty centers. Bumrungrad offers state-of-the-art diagnostic, therapeutic and intensive care facilities in a one-stop medical center. Bumrungrad serves over a million patients annually; more than 400,000 are internationals, including thousands of expatriates who live in Bangkok and nearby countries, plus visitors from 190 countries around the world who come here for treatment. The hospital has a medical coordination office staffed by doctors, nurses, and interpreters who serve the special needs of international patients. Bumrungrad is a public company traded on the Thai stock exchange. It has been featured by CBS’s 60 Minutes, NBC’s Today Show, Time, Newsweek, and other international press as a leader in medical tourism. “Bumrungrad” is a Thai word - pronounced Bahm-roong-RAHT, which means “care for the people.” http://www.bumrungrad.com

About Microsoft in Health

Microsoft is committed to improving health around the world through software innovation. Over the past 12 years, Microsoft has steadily increased its investments in health, with a focus on addressing the challenges of health providers, health and social services organizations, payers, consumers, and life sciences companies worldwide. Microsoft closely collaborates with a broad ecosystem of partners and develops its own powerful health solutions, such as Amalga and HealthVault. Together, Microsoft and its industry partners are working to advance a vision of unifying health information and making it more readily available, ensuring the best quality of life and affordable care for everyone.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

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