SSA testing Microsoft HealthVault

The Social Security Administration has entered into an agreement to test the use of the Microsoft HealthVault software for SSA’s disability determination process.

SSA has been trying out several ways to collect electronically the health records of people applying for disability income. SSA currently requests about 15 million to 20 million medical records a year in a process that is labor- and paper-intensive.

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The SSA said Aug. 27 that it and Microsoft are developing a technical prototype connecting the two organizations that will be available later this year. SSA also will collaborate with Microsoft to study current personal health record standards, gaps in those standards, and options for filling those gaps.

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