Cleveland Clinic pilots Microsoft HealthVault study

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The Cleveland Clinic has announced an agreement with Microsoft to oversee a patient-controlled data exchange between Microsoft HealthVault, a web-based personal health platform; a suite of widely-used digital medical devices; and eCleveland Clinic MyChart, Cleveland Clinic’s electronic personal health record (PHR) system.

The short-term pilot, begun last week, is the first study in the United States to follow multiple diseases in the clinical delivery setting using multiple at-home devices such as glucometers, heart rate monitors, weight scales and blood pressure monitors, according to the Cleveland Clinic.

Patients will be provided HealthVault-enabled digital devices, such as blood pressure monitors and glucometers, and asked to perform regular health monitoring. By connecting the device(s) to their home computers, their health information will be uploaded, with their consent, to a personal HealthVault account controlled by the patient, and then sent to their Cleveland Clinic MyChart account.

This data will create an online log of the readings that will be available to the patient's physician. Data sent from a patient's HealthVault account to MyChart can not be changed or altered.

The pilot is a physician-driven, invitation-only opportunity offered to a group of Cleveland Clinic PHR users in the areas of diabetes, hypertension and heart failure.

Cleveland Clinic plans to enroll approximately 400 patients and aims to demonstrate that the program will enable patients and physicians to better manage and track chronic diseases from home, using the patient's own computer.