Microsoft HealthVault Goes Mobile

06 June 2011 | David Cerino, General Manager, Health Solutions Group
​Over the last several months, Microsoft has made a number of investments in Microsoft HealthVault, an online service that helps consumers manage, store and share their health information. Since last fall, we’ve announced several initiatives designed to help put the patient at the center of health and healthcare. We’re working with the US Federal Government to help veterans and Medicare beneficiaries download their medical records and to enable patients to receive encrypted emails from their physicians. We’ve developed new functionality for HealthVault that lets consumers upload medical images and burn them to a CD/DVD, and we’ve made HealthVault available in new countries and languages.
Recently, HSG’s Distinguished Engineer Sean Nolan shared details on the latest update to HealthVault on his Family Health Guy blog. This release includes some great enhancements – for users and developers. The things I’m most excited about:
  • We’ve gone mobile!
    • There’s a new mobile experience, formatted for the smartphone and specifically designed for quick access to what’s most important during a health encounter. Need to remember when you had your last tetanus shot for a form? You can now easily pull up that information in HealthVault on your phone.
    • We’ve added some new libraries to the HealthVault Software Developers Kit (SDK) and are officially inviting one and all to build HealthVault apps for Windows Phone 7, with libraries soon to be added for Android and iOS.
  • Updating HealthVault is easier.
    • We’re working to put the USEFUL in Meaningful Use! As more and more clinicians share information with their patients in the Continuity of Care Record (CCR) and Continuity of Care Document (CCD) formats, we wanted to make it easier for patients to update their HealthVault records with the details that are in the documents, enabling folks to easily use the information with other applications. To date, this has been a manual process, but with this update, we’ve enabled auto-reconcile by default.
  • We have more options for login.
    • We know that the way people live online is changing. For many people, much of their time online is spent on Facebook so, with this release, we’re allowing users to sign into HealthVault using their Facebook credentials. PLEASE NOTE: this is for authentication only and does NOT mean that HealthVault information shows up on someone’s Facebook page!
As a refresher, here’s some of our other HealthVault news from the last few months:
David Cerino
General Manager, Health Solutions Group