Microsoft announce HealthVault


Microsoft have today launched a beta Personal Health Record called HealthVault. The New York Times have a good writeup.

It includes health search, a personal health record, and the facility to upload data from compliant devices.

I wonder what Adam Bosworth, the former Google (and former Microsoft) exec, thinks of all of this? Over the past 18 months or so, all of the talk has been of Google and its work in this area. I was less than impressed by some of the screenshots of their efforts released during the summer.

On the other hand – first impressions of HealthVault (even though I have not yet even created an account yet) are good.

Which leads me to the conclusion that I need to do some reviews of these developments. I will include in this review, a recent invite I had from Israeli based iMedix (still in closed alpha) – haven’t forgotten you guys!


2 thoughts on “Microsoft announce HealthVault

  1. When I first created my HealthVault account, I was disappointed by the sparseness of what I saw. There was no place for me to enter my past medical history, medication lists or allergies. As a physician and a software developer, I must admit, I was confused by what I saw. It was not entirely obvious from the look and feel as to what the application really does.

    After spending more time, it is clear that HealthVault is more of a PHR platform on which one can build true PHRs.
    Mark Singh MD

  2. HealthVault’s announcement and the upcoming presidential elections have really started to generate interest in electronic medical records and other forms of healthcare information technology. In consideration of this increased attention, I’ve compiled a comprehensive, party-neutral summary of where every presidential candidate stands on EMRs and health IT.

    I hope everyone finds it informative, and that it generates some lively discussion here. You can view the summary on my blog at:

    EMR Software Guy

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