Coverage from HIMSS10

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre has developed a personal, bidirectional health record that will enable patients to add health information to records maintained by doctors and hospitals.

UPMC has completed a proof-of-concept project with Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania, Google health and dbMotion. It is set to launch the system in the spring.

According a statement coinciding with HIMSS10, the system provides a flexible, service orientated architecture-based interoperability platform which enables data to be collected from a wide range of unconnected technologies.

It shares and organises patient information in a meaningful way, regardless of the system or format in which the data were originally stored.

Carnegie Mellon University designed, implemented and tested the system in autumn last year.

Within six weeks, the project team was able to move patient data through the dbMotion platform into the Google Health persona health record and then pass information back into the UPMC system.

Once fully implemented, this will mean that patient information will be shared bidirectionally, so that patients and clinicians are able to securely share information in order for it to be used in decision support.

“This is the first step in creating an interoperable, actionable PHR. Both patients and physicians will have access to the information they need to truly work as partners in patient care,” said William Fera, vice president, medical technologies and medical director, interoperability, at UPMC.

Google and dbMotion are both strategic partners in the Centre for Connected Medicine, a collaboration in healthcare IT that showcases the patient centred healthcare model developed by UPMC.

Link: UPMC