HealthVault launched in the UK24th June 2010
Microsoft has launched its personal health record platform in the UK.
It has been launched with gym and private healthcare operator Nuffield Health on the Health and Lifestyle channel of the MSN network.
The HealthVault platform initially pitches the private health record (PHR) concept at the health and well being market.
It means people can sign up for a free secure HealthVault account, which enables them to store personal health information, and connect readings from monitoring devices including blood pressure metres and scales.
Microsoft’s senior director, healthcare and life sciences, John Coulthard described it as the “PayPal for health”.
Users retain full control of the information on their account and decide who they want to share specific data with.
Microsoft plans to involve a wide range of partners in the project and build-in approved applications, the first being MyHealth Info which uses widgets developed by Nuffield Health.
“We don’t know what specific applications or widgets will be developed in the future – that’s the beauty of a model based on social innovation and an open platform – but just imagine the positive impact a citizen-centric ‘wellness’ infrastructure could have on our nation’s health,” said Mr Coulthard.
According to Microsoft, 13% of people in the UK are actively interested and engaged in looking after their ‘wellness’ but record data in different places.
HealthVault will be offered free to with revenues generated through advertising and co-development fees charged to partners.
The launch coincides with a study that revealed the NHS’ personal health organiser Health Space, has yet to deliver significant benefits.
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Title: HealthVault launched in the UK
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 15272
Date Added: 24th Jun 2010