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Kaiser grows My Health Manager personal health records program

BY Drew Buono

Oakland, Calif. Kaiser Permanente, an integrated health plan has announced that is has more than two million members using its personal health record, My Health Manager

My Health Manager provides features including online appointment scheduling and prescription refills. In addition, users have 24/7 online access to lab test results, eligibility and benefits information, and even their children’s immunization records. With secure e-mail messaging, members can also communicate with their doctors at anytime from anywhere.

“My health manager is strengthening the doctor-patient relationship by allowing them to more frequently communicate with one another and do so through multiple channels,” said Anna-Lisa Silvestre, vice president for online services. “Despite the fact that it involves sitting behind a computer, consumers feel like their providers are more available to them than ever.”

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Teva pays $7.5 million to settle IVAX lawsuit with Depomed

BY Drew Buono

MENLO PARK, Calif. Depomed will receive a one-time payment of $7.5 million from Teva Pharmaceuticals generic unit IVAX in relation to a settlement of a patent lawsuit, according to published reports.

Depomed had sued IVAX in January 2006 claiming patent infringement by IVAX’s Glucophage XR, a diabetes medication.

Under the terms of the settlement, Depomed will also get up to $2.5 million in royalties, for granting Teva a non-exclusive license allowing it to continue marketing the generic version of Glucophage XR.

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SynaMed launches free online PHR

BY Drew Buono

NEW YORK SynaMed has launched its free online personal health record, which will be available to all patients.

“SynaMed simplifies record keeping so that patients do not have to rely on memory. A personal health record can also provide lifesaving medical information when a patient is not able to speak for themselves,” according to Holly DeMuro, SynaMed’s director of operations. SynaMed’s personal health record system uses a Web browser-based application service provider model, which allows patients access anytime, from anywhere with Internet connection.

Patients using SynaMed’s personal health record will be able to record all of their medical history, doctor’s visits, check insurance coverage for medications, and receive health maintenance reminders about wellness issues and checkups. “Going forward, SynaMed will be expanding the Personal Health Record to include overall health information such as mood, weight, diet, and exercise trackers. This feature will be the first complete online wellness center,” DeMuro said.

In addition to a state of the art PHR, SynaMed offers a free fully integrated electronic medical record and practice management system to medical practitioners.

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