Microsoft HealthVault Be Well Fund Recipients Named

BELLEVUE, Wash. — June 10, 2008 — The Microsoft HealthVault Be Well Fund request for proposal (RFP) recipients were named today at the second annual Microsoft HealthVault Solutions Conference. The 15 recipients represent a wide range of inventive online solutions designed to address significant health issues, such as childhood obesity, medication reconciliation, gathering and dissemination of mobile health information, diabetes management, and ways to help people manage their health more effectively.

The recipients are the following organizations:

  • BayCare Health System, Medication Reconciliation & HealthVault Integration

  • Columbia University, Managing Immunization Information Using HealthVault

  • Columbus Research Foundation, The Columbus Model for Childhood Obesity Intervention: A Computer-Based Initiative Integrated Into HealthVault

  • Intermountain Healthcare Clinical Genetics Institute, Capturing Electronic Family Health History Data to Improve Patient Care

  • Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, Remote Monitoring of Body Weight and Food Intake in Free-Living Individuals

  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, The Impact of Automated Dosing Reminders on Medication Adherence Using HealthVault

  • LSU Healthcare Network, LSUHN Medication Reconciliation Evacuation Response

  • MedStar Diabetes Institute at Washington Hospital Center, ehealth2go

  • Morehouse School of Medicine, Integrated Mobile Health Solution for Diabetes Care

  • Partners HealthCare, Utilization of HealthVault in a Patient-Centric Diabetes Management Program

  • Seattle Children’s Hospital Research Institute, Increasing Autonomy in Adolescents With Type 1 Diabetes

  • St. Joseph Health System, Be Well From Birth — e-BabyBook

  • St. Joseph Hospital Foundation, EMS Bridge

  • St. Vincent’s Birmingham, St. Vincent’s Birmingham successful management of obstetrics population

  • University of Washington, Using Mobile Technologies to Uncover Barriers to Healthy Behavior in Heart Disease Patients

“The Be Well Fund winners share our vision of using the Internet to empower people to fully engage in managing their health and improving health outcomes,” said Peter Neupert, corporate vice president of the Health Solutions Group at Microsoft Corp. “We’re excited to help these organizations turn their ideas into reality and to expand the capabilities and services available through HealthVault.”

Microsoft received nearly 200 proposals from leading academic and research health organizations across the United States, making it one of the most successful Microsoft Research RFPs in the company’s history. Based on the strong interest, Microsoft increased award funding from $3 million to $4.5 million to help bring these proposals to market.

A distinguished panel of judges from across the health field determined the fund recipients. The judging panel consisted of the following:

  • Adam Bosworth, CEO of Keas Inc.

  • Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the House of Representatives; and founder of Center for Health Transformation

  • Mark Liponis, M.D., corporate medical director at Canyon Ranch

  • Valerie Montgomery Rice, M.D., senior vice president for Health Affairs and dean of the School of Medicine; and professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Meharry Medical College

  • Leslie Norwalk, former acting administrator at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; and strategic advisor at Epstein Becker & Green P.C.

  • Marc Pierson, M.D., regional vice president of Clinical Information and Special Projects; and regional vice president of Medical Affairs at PeaceHealth

  • Brent Ridge, M.D., vice president of Healthy Living at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc.

The Be Well Fund is designed to stimulate not-for-profit research and development across a broad range of health disciplines that have the potential to significantly improve health and wellness outcomes. The Be Well Fund helps seed innovative avenues of research and explore the potential for disruptive improvements to health management enabled by reuse and sharing of data among people, families, caregivers, doctors and facilities.

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