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Thursday 19th September 2019

Microsoft unveils Health Vault

6th October 2007

When Microsoft’s chief executive Steve Ballmer outlined his vision for the future of health care to an audience of “old lags? from the industry in 2000, he was met with guffaws from those present who were convinced the scheme, like others before, would fall flat.


Ballmer spoke of a day when everyone would have a secure and private website on the internet – accessible to those granted permission by the owner – where an individual’s scans, medical details and other test results could be posted by doctors.

He conceded that he was searching for the “holy grail? of healthcare, where Google, Intel, Revolution and other Silicon Valley firms had tried before but with little success.

But now, Microsoft believes it has realised Ballmer’s dream with the unveiling in Washington DC of its new health-information product called the Health Vault.

The site store health data ranging from test results to doctors’ reports to daily measurements of weight or blood pressure, online with an individual able to access those records from anywhere in the world.

Microsoft has revealed that several dozen manufacturers, hospitals and charities have signed up for Health Vault.

Use of the vaults will be free for the individuals that sign up for them and for the vendors and doctors that provide services based on the information they contain with Microsoft making money from targeted searches as people use its Health Vault Search to find out about their ailments.

The plan is to tie in with the firm’s acquisition of Medstory, a search engine focusing on health care.


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