Verizon is planning a cloud based services for clinical providers to securely exchange health information. Features will include a clinical dashboard, record locator service, cross-enterprise patient index and clinical messaging.
GigaOm makes the point:
… by delivering what is essentially medical records as a service for hospitals and physicians, Verizon is not only trying to get a chunk of federal money, but also trying to provide the type of cloud service that will fill up its networks.
It is interesting to see established business with scant previous history in health technology enter the rapidly expanding health IT market. With Verizon’s increasingly important ties to Google and its rapidly growing Android mobile operating system, we may even see integration of health exchange information on mobile devices.