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!
For those looking for a review of Windows Vista, this is a good place to start.
This is only a rhetorical question – I’ve added the question mark.
But the sentiment is obviously one that is being bandied about by an employee coming from a Torex IP address if my blog stats are anything to go by this early afternoon…
Tags: isoft, healthcare, ehr, lorenzo
I’ve just watched the Windows Vista in Healthcare webcast and attached some show notes below. For those who do not want to go through the pain of downloading, or even watching some screencasts – its a useful, if short overview.
The Health Service Executive (HSE) website has a lot of information that one might sometimes overlook. For example, the Health Tech Blog has found over the past few months that the News Section of the site has kept well up to date with responding to sometimes unfavourable comment in the media.
Most interesting in the latest edition of the newsletter Health Matters (Winter 2005- page 20), is a small piece referring to the fact that Joe Macri, Managing Director of Microsoft Ireland has been appointed to the board of the HSE. The bio note of Macri in the piece notes his time with NatWest in the UK, and technology companies in Australia. He is chair of the Small Business Formum and a member of the Management Board of ICT Ireland and the National Executive Council of the Irish Business and Employers Confederation.
I don’t know when this appointment happened – there is no reference to it under the general news heading or under board membership.
Oh – and by the way – no, I didn’t have to go through each of the 15 separate PDF documents that constitue the newsletter online (infuriating) – I managed to pick up a good old fashioned paper edition instead.
Update : The Department of Health and Children (DOHC) has a press release on the appointment, dated 3rd November.
Robert Scoble, the best known and probably the most prolific Microsoft blogger, outlines improvements and efficiencies that could be achieved in a care environment.
Vnunet report that the NHS have done a licensing deal with the small Seattle company that will see £330m wiped of its 9 year deal for the NPfIT.