HealthVault’s George Scriban talks wireless health – Interview at Mobile Health News
Posted Aug 13 2009 6:26pm
This is a very good and in depth interview and gives a lot of insight into the Microsoft PHR, the HealthVault and well worth reading. On this blog I have a large section devoted to HealthVault and Google Health News and it is updated all the time, to include new vendors, devices, etc. What i particularly like about this interview is the fact that they are addressing devices, a big part of healthcare that is evolving rapidly and the needs to have one focus point to store this data, the HealthVault.
Below are a few highlights, but the entire article is well worth reading. The one strong message conveyed here is that it is in fact a consumer product, one we should all be aware of, not just the healthcare folks. BD
Mobihealthnews recently caught up with HealthVault’s Senior Global Strategist George Scriban to discuss how HealthVault fits into the wireless health discussion. Can mobile application developers synch their apps directly to HealthVault? Will Windows Mobile create apps that integrate to HealthVault? How does a medical device maker enable its users to send information to HealthVault? Scriban answered these questions and more in a wide-ranging interview that also covered whether HealthVault could be offered as a bare bones EHR for physicians, how HealthVault drives revenue within the health solutions group at Microsoft and hints at the global health market as the key opportunity for wireless in healthcare.
We get that question a lot in the United States because of the dismal numbers around EMR adoption particularly in smaller practices. We are really, really clear about who HealthVault is for — who it is defined for and who we have in mind as our user: This is the consumer. We don’t want to muddy that picture by saying that it is also a tool for physicians, except in the case that it is a tool that consumers can use to convey information to physicians. That said, we do work with partners like Covisint and the American Medical Association and the two of them have collaborated to offer a hosted, light-weight EMR to AMA members that is, incidentally, HealthVault compatible. There are a number of ways we think that HealthVault can play a roll both in creating a certain amount of demand on the patient/consumer side for digital medicine and at the same time it can be a more effective tool for physicians. Physicians can now see that their follow-up care instructions are transmitted directly to the user via HealthVault or they can get more accurate information from their patient online before the patient even sets foot in their office.
The data is being uploaded to HealthVault through HealthVault Connection Center, which is the software that sits on your Windows Vista or Windows 7 PC. The data itself is also being transmitted — with the patient’s permission and full consent — to the clinicians at Cleveland Clinic and they can case manage individual patients. They can say that this patient is normal, he is not gaining weight so we don’t have to worry about him right now or they might see some rapid weight gain and high blood pressures with this patient. So they then can focus their resources on the patient who is at risk before he shows up in acute care some place. There is definitely a role that HealthVault plays in connecting two previously very separate domains of healthcare management.
Regardless of how the wireless device space in healthcare shakes out, HealthVault will always be open as an integration point to pull all this data together so users have a unified personal health database.