Something we have all been waiting for today is finally open for business, the “Direct Project” from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. You can read the official press release from the ONC Office here. I have covered a bit of the progress here to a certain point as a preview of what was to come. In the announcement Rhode Island and Minnesota are the first operating points to open. There are a total of 29 Health IT vendors who have committed to coming online. The Direct Project allows for sharing of clinical information via approved and secure standards.
Ok, so now if you are a consumer this may not be too exciting but Microsoft at HealthVault has something for you with their work with Quest Diagnostics. Also, I might make mention that the Medical Quack has over 300 posts on personal health records and you can either use the link above to review or simply use the 2nd search box via keyword to find additional information here. The Direct Project is all part of the Nationwide Health Information Network..a short summary below.
Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN): Background & Scope
“The Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN) is being developed to provide a secure, nationwide, interoperable health information infrastructure that will connect providers, consumers, and others involved in supporting health and healthcare. This critical part of the national health IT agenda will enable health information to follow the consumer, be available for clinical decision making, and support appropriate use of healthcare information beyond direct patient care so as to improve health.”
HealthVault, the personal health records from Microsoft will now be able to accept emails direct from providers. Med Plus and Vision Share Inc. are they 2 key vendors and Med Plus is the technology arm of Quest Diagnostics. Quest has also been busy with their individual efforts with mobile connections and expanding methodologies for access to lab results and aggregating information with medications for a even higher level of intelligence. Back in 2009 I spoke with MedPlus about where their technology was moving.
You can read at the link below about aggregating lab and medication information below.
Back on track here, providers will be able to email information to the patient’s HeatlhVault Account securely. The Direct Project is a combination private-public effort. When the patient receives the email with a HealthVault address created, the information is automatically saved to the patient’s record. This is making it simple as everyone pretty much knows how to do email today and all you need is the patient email address that connects with HeatlhVault. If you are attending HIMSS this year, Microsoft will be running a demo in their booth to show how it works.
If you don’t have a HealthVault PHR, there’s always a link here to the site to make it easy for you to find it and get started. HealthVault is spreading world wide and beyond the US and the link below talks about how Siemens is working with HealthVault in Germany.
Besides all of the news today, Sean at HealthVault has promised that Kinect will someday entering the picture, record all your activity to HealthVault too on day, so if you are going to be the plane in World of Warcraft, you might as well see what your activity levels are and how much exercise you and your heart are drilling in to. BD