New network offers free Web-based medical record

Another company is offering consumers Web-based personal medical records, this one led by C. Everett Koop, MD, former U.S. surgeon general.

The drkoop.com Personal Medical Record (PMR) will be introduced in the second quarter of 1999 and will be free to all Americans. Koop is chairman of Empower Health Corp., an Internet-based consumer health care network, which is based in Austin, TX, and develops, markets, and distributes drkoop.com.

To develop the PMR, drkoop.com entered into a strategic technology partnership with Health- Magic, a Web-based technology company based in Columbia, SC, and into a distribution agreement with Physicians’ Online (POL), a medical information and communication network for physicians based in Tarrytown, NY.

The drkoop.com PMR will support all the latest industry standards for data security and interchange, including Microsoft ActiveX for Healthcare.

Health care organizations that are a part of Koop’s Community Partner Program will be able to offer co-branded versions of the PMR to their patients or covered lives and can be fully integrated into their consumer Web initiatives.