Microsoft’s HealthVault

HealthVault appears to be Microsoft’s offering in the field of patient-created personal health records.

When it’s your job to protect your family’s health, you need every advantage. Imagine if you had a way to collect, store, and share the health information critical to your family’s well-being.

HealthVault is the new and FREE way to do just that.

Imagine controlling the flow of your health information. Whether you need to search the Web for the most up-to-date treatments, catalog existing health records, receive test results, or monitor current physical readings — HealthVault gives you the control you need.

I like that they put a short version of their privacy policy on the front page:

Our Health Privacy Commitment
1. The Microsoft HealthVault record you create is controlled by you.
2. You decide what goes into your HealthVault record.
3. You decide who can see and use your information on a case-by-case basis.
4. We do not use your health information for commercial purposes unless we ask and you clearly tell us we may.

To read our full Privacy Statement, click here.

The other day, I mentioned a class of sites/services that includes SugarStats, ReliefInsite, and Fertility Friend – sites that help patients track data that is of diagnositic or therapeutic value to the patient or the patient’s healthcare providers. Wouldn’t it be great to have a free PHR service that included an optional module for each of these purposes?

2 thoughts on “Microsoft’s HealthVault

  1. Hey David,

    So they finally release the BETA huh? I’ll have to check this out 🙂 Wonder how Google will stack up.

    As for optional modules… That just might be something we’re working on with SugarStats 😉 (Sorry, can’t give details just yet!!)

  2. Hi Marston-

    Yup. Google and MS won’t be alone in this market, either.

    The biggest trick, I think, will be convincing physicians that they should encourage their patients to use such tools.

    -David