Microsoft taps into mHealth

August 21, 2014 in Medical Technology

Through the pilot project, HCN will provide smartphones to some 100 patients enrolled in the Care Management Medical Home Center diabetes pilot, complete with short message service abilities and Microsoft’s HIPAA-compliant email and messaging communications. Patients will have the ability to access Microsoft’s HealthVault, the company’s Web-based platform that allows patients to store their protected health information and stay on top of medication adherence.

The platform, officials say, will also allow patients to receive appointment reminders and keep track of glucose levels.  


“Putting existing technologies to use for today’s patients will help improve healthcare, coordination and outcomes, as well as better manage costs,” said Lee Stevens, director of health information exchange policy and interoperability at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in an Aug. 21 statement. “Combining the power of a smartphone with a personal health record platform that brings disparate data together in a secure environment is an important step toward the goal of providing better patient engagement and more mobile healthcare in the U.S.”


This is not the only healthcare-related project Microsoft has signed on with, officials note.


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