February 22, 2008 By News Report
Cleveland Clinic, an academic medical institution and leader in health information technology, yesterday announced a collaboration with Google, to pilot features and services of a new health offering from Google. The Google offering, not yet publicly available, will assist providers like Cleveland Clinic to create a new kind of healthcare experience. According to a release from Cleveland Clinic, the pilot will put the patient in charge of his or her own health information.
Today, more than 100,000 Cleveland Clinic patients benefit from Cleveland Clinic's electronic personal health record (PHR) system called eCleveland Clinic MyChart. The pilot, an invitation-only opportunity offered to a group of Cleveland Clinic PHR users, plans to enroll between 1,500 and 10,000 patients. It will test secure exchange of patient medical record data such as prescriptions, conditions and allergies between their Cleveland Clinic PHR to a secure Google profile in a live clinical delivery setting. The ultimate goal of this patient-centered and controlled model is to give patients the ability to interact with multiple physicians, healthcare service providers and pharmacies.
"Patients are more proactively managing their own healthcare information," said C. Martin Harris, M.D., CIO, Cleveland Clinic. "At Cleveland Clinic, we strive to participate in and help to advance the national dialogue around a more efficient and effective national healthcare system. Utilizing Cleveland Clinic's PHR expertise, this collaboration is intended to help Google test features and services that will ultimately allow all Americans (as patients) to direct the exchange of their medical information between their various providers
without compromising their privacy."
The pilot will eventually extend Cleveland Clinic's online patient services to a broader audience while enabling the portability of patient data so patients can take their data with them wherever they go -- even outside the Cleveland Clinic Health System.
"We believe patients should be able to easily access and manage their
own health information," said Marissa Mayer, VP, search products and user experience, Google. "We chose Cleveland Clinic as one of the first partners to pilot our new health offering because as a provider, they already empower their patients by giving them online tools that help them manage their medical records online and coordinate care with their doctors."
By integrating with the Google platform, Cleveland Clinic is helping create national access to electronic medical records at no cost to the user or provider. The integration between the two systems will help deliver:
"The partnership with Google is an example of true innovation in health care which brings value to patients and providers," said Delos M. "Toby" Cosgrove, M.D., president and CEO, Cleveland Clinic, and member of the Google Health Advisory Council. "As the volume of medical information available to patients increases, it becomes more important for doctors and patients to use this information in a way that empowers thepatient to be more collaborative with their care providers."
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