Norton Healthcare in Louisville, Ky., will use the Amalga data integration and aggregation software and HealthVault personal health records applications of Microsoft Corp. to support establishment of a pilot Accountable Care Organization with insurer Humana Inc., also headquartered in Louisville.

Accountable Care Organizations, of which numerous pilots are authorized under the health care reform law, include payment mechanisms to incentivize providers to be accountable for managing patients across the continuum of care, while also increasing patients' engagement in their care.

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