Vanguard joins PHR consortium
Vanguard Health Systems is the newest member of the Dossia Consortium, a non-profit organization comprised of nine other U.S. employers that give employees access to their health data through personal health records (PHRs). The Dossia Founders now include Applied Materials, AT&T, BP America, Cardinal Health, Intel, Pitney Bowes, Abraxis BioScience, sanofi-aventis U.S., Wal-Mart and Vanguard.

In September 2008, Dossia and Wal-Mart carried out the inaugural deployment of the Dossia PHR to Wal-Mart employees. Through the system, employees gained access and control over lifelong, private and portable health information.

The Cambridge, Mass.-based consortium is currently working with its members to deploy the Dossia solution to the other founders. Upon deployment, the Dossia Founders will be able to connect their employees to their health information.