During a Health & Human Services event in D.C. today, Microsoft announced new encrypted e-mail functionality for Microsoft HealthVault, which allows clinical partner solutions to send messages to patients based on security protocols set forth by the Office of the National Coordinator's (ONC's) Direct Project.
"Through this functionality, an encrypted copy of an individual's clinical info can be electronically transmitted to a patient's new e-mail address created within HealthVault, where it's automatically saved to the patient's HealthVault account as part of their longitudinal personal health record.
The service may be used to read or download the information. Direct Project messaging with security-enhanced technologies enables clinical solution providers to meet Phase One Meaningful Use requirements for the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program by providing patients with their health info, as well as proposed Phase Two requirements, which call for secure online patient messaging," explains Microsoft.
Initial partners include MedPlus and VisionShare Inc., which've integrated the new service with their solutions to help clinical users secure messages they send to patients.
The three companies are pioneering members of the Direct Project and will demonstrate the capabilities of their solutions in the Interoperability Showcase at the 2011 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibit (HIMSS 2011) as part of the ONC's exhibit.