Google,Apple, and Microsoft partner to provide digital access to patients’ health records.
Representatives allocated from major tech companies like Apple, Google, Amazon, and Microsoft have joined with some of the biggest health insurers and hospitals in an initiative to provide consumers with easier access to their medical information.
Called the CARIN Blue Button API, the data model is a standard for sharing health claims data, which includes tests, doctors’ visits and medical procedures.
The specs have been developed by the CARIN Alliance, a coalition of health and tech companies that was set up to advance “consumer-directed exchange of health information.”
“The CARIN Blue Button draft implementation guide includes more than 240 claim data elements that have been agreed on by multiple regional and national health plans,” said the alliance.
Lack of a standard data model have made it difficult to access clinical data across different platforms, Apple, Google, and Microsoft have developed their own health-focused initiatives. Apple, for instance, has partnered with a number of hospitals in the US to allow patients to “view important data such as immunizations, lab results, medications, and vitals” via the Health app on iPhones and iPods. To store and maintain health and fitness information Microsoft, similarly, has its HealthVault.
A broad overview of a patient’s health can be done the Blue Button 2.0 standard which is an important step forward.
Irrespective of the device and the platform, thereby making the process a lot more efficient this could effectively translate to better data portability.
The alliance hopes to test out the specification later this year as for now the standard is in its draft stage. It is currently limited to the US. In the coming days, hopefully, they'll make it to other countries soon.