Dossia adds games, incentives, social networking

By Brian Dolan
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the_frameworkPHR provider Dossia unveiled the latest version of its Dossia Health Manager software this week. It will be available to existing customers in the third quarter of 2011. According to the non-profit consortium, the Health Manager now "integrates game and social dynamics, incentives and messaging to foster sustained user engagement and behavior change, thereby offering long-term value to employers, employees and their families."

“Employers are increasingly proactive about engaging their employees as partners in their effort to achieve higher value from their health benefits investment,” stated Dossia CEO Mike Critelli in a press release. “The Dossia Health Management System enables transformation in benefit plan design to drive healthier behaviors and more effective use of the health care system. ‘Empowering’ individuals is incredibly important, but this is also a tool for nudging them toward the right behaviors.”

Dossia has remained relatively quiet in recent years even as a similar offering from Google -- Google Health -- folded and Microsoft's HealthVault offering added mobile apps and other features. Cerner also recently announced that it was entering the personal health records fray with its own offering.

Back in 2009, we reported on Vanguard Health joining the consortium, which includes AT&T, Applied Materials, BP America, California Capital Equity LLC, Cardinal Health, Intel, Pitney Bowes, Sanofi, and Walmart. Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, who acquired GlowCaps-maker Vitality and recently formed a joint venture with wireless sensor company Toumaz, previously provided $1.5 million in funding to Dossia. He's also on the consortium's board.

Read the full press release below.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Dossia, a leading Personal Health Record System provider, today announced the launch of the Dossia Health Manager, an innovative health management system. The Dossia solution makes individuals’ health data actionable with customized applications that are brought together on a single intelligent platform in order to deliver unprecedented personalization to better support wellness and healthcare decision-making. The Dossia System further integrates game and social dynamics, incentives and messaging to foster sustained user engagement and behavior change, thereby offering long-term value to employers, employees and their families.

“The Dossia Health Management System enables transformation in benefit plan design to drive healthier behaviors and more effective use of the health care system. ‘Empowering’ individuals is incredibly important, but this is also a tool for nudging them toward the right behaviors.”

“Employers are increasingly proactive about engaging their employees as partners in their effort to achieve higher value from their health benefits investment,” said Dossia CEO Mike Critelli. “The Dossia Health Management System enables transformation in benefit plan design to drive healthier behaviors and more effective use of the health care system. ‘Empowering’ individuals is incredibly important, but this is also a tool for nudging them toward the right behaviors.”

The Dossia Health Manager will be available to existing customers in the third quarter of 2011. The solution will include a core set of functionalities that are critical to enabling individuals to take better control of their health and care, ranging from health behavior challenges that utilize game dynamics to healthcare value transparency tools. Dossia will further allow for customization at the employer and individual user level.

“The Dossia Health Management System represents the next generation of Personal Health Records,” said Craig Barrett Dossia Board Chairman and retired CEO/Chairman of the Board of Intel. “By coupling real health data, valuable tools and content on an intelligent platform that presents information to users according to their needs over time, Dossia is positioned to enable positive behavior change and promote higher value healthcare.”

The Dossia Health Management System leverages the power of comprehensive, person-centric health data, aggregated over time and across care settings from multiple sources, including clinical (medical & dental), wellness & medical devices, insurance claims, and self-entered. Wherever possible, Dossia automatically aggregates this health information on behalf of the user. As has always been the hallmark of Dossia, the consumer/patient decides if, when and with whom they would like to share their health information, whether it is their physician, a family caregiver or other trusted entity involved in their care.

Dossia was founded in 2006 under the guidance of Craig Barrett, with Mike Critelli, who took over the position of CEO in January 2011. With the support of the Dossia Founder Group, which includes AT&T, Applied Materials, BP America, California Capital Equity LLC, Cardinal Health, Intel, Pitney Bowes, sanofi-aventis, Vanguard Health Systems and Walmart, Dossia has created a portable, private and personal health record system in order to empower individuals to take better control of their health and healthcare.