Microsoft announced Microsoft HealthVault Community Connect, a new software solution for hospitals designed to help them improve care coordination and engage patients and their families in managing their own health, at 2010 Annual Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Conference & Exhibition. HealthVault Community Connect enables hospitals to give patients and referring physicians access, after discharge, to electronic copies of the patient’s personal health data generated at the hospital. The product also lets patients preregister for hospital appointments online using their electronic personal health information to populate hospital forms in advance. Using HealthVault Community Connect, a hospital can give patients the option to access electronic medical information generated during hospital visits through the hospital’s Web site. In addition, patients can store this information in Microsoft HealthVault, a security-enhanced online service that is designed to put consumers in control of their health by providing a central place for them to gather, store and manage their health records, as well as share that information with family and a trusted network of caregivers.
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