A giant in the health care industry is partnering with a giant in the software world to link personal health records with online management tools. Kaiser Permanente and Microsoft announced a pilot program that will link health records to Microsoft’s Healthvault, which is a consumer health platform featuring online information and tools. No money will be exchanged in the deal.
The program is expected to go live In late summer or early fall. Kaiser’s 159,000 employees will be eligible to participate in it voluntarily. If successful, the program would be offered to Kaiser’s more than 8 million members nationwide.
Kaiser’s personal health records already offer online access to lab results, prescription refills and appointment scheduling. The partnership will allow users to do new tasks online, such as tracking their exercise or monitoring blood pressure.