MOUNTLAKE TERRACE, WA – (March 4, 2010) – On March 2, Microsoft and the Microsoft Health User Group announced the winners of the 13th annual Microsoft Health Users Group Innovation Awards, including an award to Premera Blue Cross for “Best Use of Microsoft HealthVault Applications.”
The following is a statement by Gubby Barlow, President and CEO of Premera Blue Cross, on receiving this honor:
“We’re thrilled to receive this award. Our partnership with Microsoft is exceptionally important to Premera, and we’re very happy with the progress of our work together on HealthVault. This recognition would not have been possible without an exceptional partner in Microsoft, which has both vision for the value of HealthVault to consumers and distinct awareness of the power of expanded health information in the hands of its own employees.
“We believe this partnership’s work will provide great value to Premera’s customers in the coming year. Employers are increasingly looking for ways to support the health of their employees. Our work linking Premera’s claims data, through Microsoft HealthVault, and allowing members to access it through the Vivacity Spending Scout is an important innovation.
“We believe more information in the hands of our members will support wiser spending decisions and healthier lifestyle choices. Empowering members in that way is an essential component of our goal of achieving a more sustainable healthcare system.”
Our mission is to provide peace of mind to our members about their healthcare coverage. We provide health coverage and related services to more than 1.4 million people. Premera Blue Cross has operated in Washington since 1933, and Alaska since 1957. Premera Blue Cross is a not-for-profit, independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. Premera Blue Cross is a member of a family of companies based in Mountlake Terrace, Washington, that provide health, life, vision, dental, stop-loss, disability, and other related products and services. Please visit www.premera.com for more information.
Vivacity is a company delivering integrated, employer-based wellness programs. Vivacity is not a licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and does not provide products or services under the various Blue Cross and/or Blue Shield Brands and Marks. Vivacity is solely responsible for its products and services.