Hospitals hoping to improve the management of their healthcare information systems may find a useful tool in a new enterprise content management service soon to be offered by Microsoft.
The computer technology corporation unveiled Microsoft HealthVault Community Connect, a security-enhanced, SharePoint-based online service that allows hospitals to give patients access to their health data, at the recent 2010 Annual Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society Conference and Exhibition.
A representative for Microsoft”s health division said that the new software fills a key niche in the healthcare system: optimizing care coordination by allowing patients along with their families easy access to their health info.
"With HealthVault Community Connect, we are targeting one of the fundamental gaps in the care process – the lack of electronic information flow between the hospital, the patient and the patient”s care team outside the hospital," said David Cerino, general manager of Microsoft Health Solutions Group. "By allowing patients and their personal physicians to access electronic copies of their discharge instructions, for example, hospitals can facilitate better health outcomes."
Microsoft plans to put the new ECM software for sale during the third quarter of 2010.
Microsoft is competing with Google, which also had a presence at the exhibition, to gain attention from hospitals in Europe and the United States for their healthcare ECM systems.