MediConnect Global will open its vault of 6 million medical records for free to consumers.
plans to offer
free access to its 6 million PHRs (personal health records) to allow consumers
to monitor their health independently.
in Salt Lake City, MediConnect
retrieves, digitizes and manages health records for enterprises and consumers
using Web-based workflows. The company's PHR database is HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and
Accountability Act)-compliant, the company reports.
use the service, customers enroll for a free myMediConnect account at www.mymediconnect.net
Customers then search for their name to see if the database contains their
company has been compiling the database for a decade, and the PHRs encompass a
patient's complete record from multiple physicians, MediConnect reports.
the company's acquisition of health portal PassportMD in January, it renamed
its health record database myMediConnect.
Obama administration has chosen MediConnect's portal as one of four PHR systems
to be included in a multiyear pilot initiative by CMS
(Centers for Medicare and Medicaid).
can log in to myMediConnect on the desktop or on mobile devices such as the
Apple iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Google Android handsets and HP/Palm WebOS
information includes medical procedure history, records of prescriptions and
diagnoses, medication reminders, fitness trackers and information from sources
such as Harvard Health. Patients can even create grocery shopping lists.
items within the application include Medicare Claims, Medical Conditions,
Allergies, Procedures and Surgeries, Vaccinations, Doctors and Family/Social
aims to keep PHRs easily comprehensible for patients, Amy Rees Anderson, CEO
of MediConnect Global, told eWEEK. "It really helps the patient in a
simplified way understand their health care," Anderson
control access to the data and provide a HIPAA key to providers when they want
to share access to the records, according to Anderson.
the goal is to have patients take ownership of their health and manage the
records on their own, nurses are available to summarize the data, she
created electronically will be available through myMediConnect as searchable
structured data. Handwritten records or prescriptions will appear as PDFs,
however. "Most come in on paper record," Anderson
can import records from services such as Microsoft HealthVault and Google
into the structured fields of a myMediConnect PHR.
the future, MediConnect plans to add myMediConnect to the Nintendo Wii Fit game
and incorporate data from medical devices such as pedometers and glucose meters.