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DataArt Enables Next of Kin Registry and Microsoft HealthVault to Unite National Emergency Contact Updates


Custom Software Development Firm Creates Safe Connection for Health Information Databases

NEW YORK — DataArt, a custom software development company that builds advanced solutions for select industries, today announced the completion of its project with Next of Kin Registry (NOKR), a free tool for daily emergencies and national disasters, and Microsoft HealthVault, a web-based platform from Microsoft that stores and maintains health and fitness information. The final product will seamlessly and automatically connect national emergency contact updates between the two databases. The integration creates a new industry standard of connectivity and safety assurance for individuals and families, as their information is accurately and automatically synced with emergency responders and organizations nationally.

Next of Kin Registry features over 200 million registered profiles and thousands of emergency responders, ensuring that during emergencies, victims will be accurately identified. The comprehensive NOKR database includes options for individuals and families to register their personal contact information and for emergency responders to access and search the database for contact information. Microsoft HealthVault is well known for its ability to help people better manage their health information, including their pharmacy subscription deadlines and emergency contact information. Together, Microsoft HealthVault and NOKR sought to create an even higher level of emergency readiness for families and individuals by uniting their databases to seamlessly update when profiles are changed from either portal.

“We are extremely pleased in DataArt’s work to create a unified entry method of national emergency contact information with our database and Microsoft HealthVault,” said Mark Cerney, NOKR president and founder. “Helping people better prepare and connect in the event of an emergency is our mission at Next of Kin Registry, and with the three of us working together, we’re helping not only individuals, but also emergency responders to instill more confidence and safety.”

Microsoft HealthVault put out a challenge call to the coder community in late 2012, asking for help connecting the two databases. DataArt was selected to fulfil its connectivity mission with NOKR based on the custom software development firm’s experience developing innovative solutions for the healthcare industry, as well as its expertise in integrating solutions with existing infrastructure and 3rd-party healthcare information vendors.

“In stepping up to help the Next of Kin Registry connect their systems with HealthVault, DataArt not only did something positive for the world, but they demonstrated remarkable technical skill and commitment,” said Sean Nolan, Distinguished Engineer, Microsoft HealthVault. “DataArt quickly learned all the nuances of HealthVault, and were able to deliver a high-quality solution in a very reasonable timeframe. I would be happy to recommend their work to others looking to connect with HealthVault and hope they’ll continue to bring their talents to benefit the healthcare industry.”

DataArt also provides the organizations a level of industry security to perform the connection, as it is compliant to HIPAA security and privacy regulations, CCHIT certification and ONC standards, including health interoperability standards.

“Working with Microsoft HealthVault and Next of Kin Registry was truly a privilege for DataArt,” said Eugene Goland, President of DataArt. “We saw an opportunity to elevate the connectivity of the two databases, and help the community feel confident that their information is consistent and uniformly updated in an event of an emergency.”

About DataArt

DataArt ( is a custom software development company that builds advanced solutions for the financial services, healthcare, hospitality and other industries. Combining domain knowledge with offshore cost advantages and resourceflexibility, DataArt develops industry-defining applications, helping clients optimizetime-to-market and minimize software development risks in mission-critical systems.With an unrivaled talent pool of highly skilled software engineers in New York,London, Russia and Ukraine, DataArt provides the technical skill, accountabilityand industry knowledge needed to deliver custom applications on time and on budget.DataArt clients include Standard& Poor’s, Harmonic Fund Services, Ogilvy, artnet, Panasonic, Cancer Research, CharlesRiver Laboratories, Betfair, Misys, leading asset management firms and three ofthe world’s top ten investment banks.

About NOKR

The Next Of Kin Registry (NOKR) was established as a FREE tool for daily emergencies and national disasters. NOKR is your emergency contact system to help if you or your family member is missing, injured or deceased. NOKR is a humanitarian non-profit 501(c)(3) dedicated to bridging rapid emergency contact information. NOKR was established in January 2004, for daily emergency situations. NOKR is now listed on more than 92% of all State websites, the American Red Cross, Homeland Security, and other federal agencies, as a critical resource for daily emergencies. For more information please contact NOKR’s Deputy Director Gerry DiStefano at (800) 915-5413 or visit

About Microsoft in Health

Microsoft is committed to improving health around the world through software innovation. Over the past 13 years, Microsoft has steadily increased its investments in health with a focus on addressing the challenges of health providers, health and social services organizations, payers, consumers, and life sciences companies worldwide. Microsoft closely collaborates with a broad ecosystem of partners and delivers its own powerful health solutions, such as Amalga, HealthVault, and a portfolio of identity and access management technologies acquired from Sentillion Inc. in 2010. Together, Microsoft and its industry partners are working to deliver health solutions for the way people aspire to work and live.


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