NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital PHR Patient Portal

Via a new web site called, consumers and patients can not only view their medical records, but they can also move and store them where they have complete access. is a free web-based health record. The website offers free services to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center patients. It uses Microsoft's HealthVault and Amalga technologies to store data. Patients can access their health information including their medical history, physicals done, lab results, radiology reports, immunizations, EKG reports, surgery reports, information on allergies, medications, discharge instructions, insurance, and emergency contacts. Hospital and Microsoft HealthVault teamed up so that the users can gain access to a trusted place where people organize, store, and share health information online. The users can also learn about important health issues that affect them with their families.

Microsoft HealthVault offers great privacy to the users given that:

  • It allows you to decide what information goes into it,
  • Who can see, use, and share your health information,
  • And most importantly, you choose which health applications have access to it.

This new online Personal Health Records improves accessibility; Even if you visit a hospital that does not have electronic health records, you can still access your health information if the hospital has internet connectivity. has the ability to obtain hospital records above and beyond what most personal health records allow patients to do. Patients who use it express satisfaction and receive improved health care. A key feature of this PHR is that it allows patients to incorporate other applications onto it as well.

The Portal is for:

  1. Columbia University College of physicians and surgeons
  2. Columbia University Medical Center
  3. New York Presbyterian Hospital
  4. NewYork-Presbyterian / Weill Cornell Medical Center (Weill Cornell CONNECT)

Cleveland Clinic in Ohio has their Heart patients manage their health problems with HealthVault, but in a different way; day by day, patients plug the cords from their blood pressure cuffs, scales and pedometers into the USB port of their computers. The readings obtained from this are transmitted to Linda Kelly, ANP, BC, MSN, nurse manager for the section of heart failure at the Cleveland Clinic. When these patients go home from the hospital, they are given these devices on order to continue taking the readings. Once a week, the nurse manager reviews the information online. Graphs are then created for blood pressure, number of steps taken and patient’s weight. This enables the patient to take a more active role in managing their health care.

The benefits of using the Amalga technologies includes but not limited to; it supports patient-centric analytics by the use of flexible structure and data aggregation capabilities thus, providing you with clarity in order to proactively manage your patients' care. It enables the health care providers who use it to tackle meaningful use and new care models, such as accountable care, head on. It has a centralized repository and near real-time data access. This enables the user to look across the continuum at what is happening today; within their four walls, within the community, or even beyond. Therefore, they can take more effective actions for their health care with the timely information. - Electronic Health Records Portal

This video explains, a new internet based electronic health record that allows patients of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital to access their medical records from anywhere they have access to the internet. The patient centered website is powered by Microsoft HealthVault.