12/17/2008 | RESOURCES

Ai develops a personal health record

In 2008, a large healthcare client engaged Audacious Inquiry to develop a personal health record, sometimes also known as a health record bank (HRB), to better empower consumers to actively participate in their own healthcare.  Audacious Inquiry led the project from discovery, through design, to deployment. The project required a high degree of collaboration and project management expertise in coordinating several vendors charged with specific elements of the application. The result was a highly flexibly, consumer-centric PHR that is able to consume and publish structured data based on industry-wide standards from a variety of sources. The PHR was developed to be compatible with the widely accepted Maryland statewide health information exchange.

AI’s role in the project included:

  • Gathering client requirements
  • Designing user interfaces
  • Creating functional specification documents
  • Consulting with physicians and legal counsel
  • Coordinating multiple development teams from five organizations to aid in product development
  • Owning the technical development of the website application
  • Performing back-end database integration
  • Coordinating product testing and deployment
  • Facilitating user group pilot sessions
  • Creating application training materials
  • Building upon the design through an iterative process with aggressive monthly product rollouts

The PHR was built using industry best practices and standards recognized by the Health Information Technology Security Panel (HITSP). The application is able to produce a Continuity of Care Document (CCD) compliant with C32 specifications and is aligned with initial Certification Commission for Healthcare Information (CCHIT) PHR certification criteria that will be published in 2009. It is also compliant with Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) ITI frameworks, specifically relating to PIX and XDS integration profiles.

Furthermore, the PHR is integrated with Microsoft’s HealthVault. In fact, the project was unveiled at a Microsoft HealthVault Solutions conference in Belleview, at which time AI also received certification as a Microsoft HealthVault development consultant.

The PHR is currently being piloted with a group of users with the intent to expand more broadly.  With the PHR, patients will have control over their personal health information and will be able to select which entities have access to their data. This consumer-centric model is important in engaging consumers in their own healthcare. AI believes that in the future, consumer-centric care will be at the forefront of healthcare, encouraging patients to take a more informed and active role in their long-term health.