Google, Cleveland Clinic partner for EHR pilot program

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Cleveland Clinic and Google, the internet search company, will collaborate 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 that puts the patient in charge of their own health information.

Currently, 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, according to the companies.

The goal of the patient-centered and controlled model is to give patients the ability to interact with multiple physicians, healthcare service providers and pharmacies.

The companies said that the pilot will eventually extend Cleveland Clinic's online patient services to a broader audience while enabling the portability of patient data, 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, vice president of search products and user experience at 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.