Microsoft HealthVault is a web-based health data storage and sharing platform that allows you to store copies of your health records online.
You can get health data from health care providers, insurers, pharmacies, schools, government entities, employers, and even home health devices, such as blood glucose monitors and digital scales and store this information in HealthVault. Some medical providers and health-care device manufacturers have developed web-based solutions on HealthVault that can access individual patient data, with your prior consent, to provide health-related services.
To address privacy concerns, the HealthVault platform follows these principles:
- You control the HealthVault record that you create.
- You decide what information goes into the record.
- You decide who can see, use, and share the information in the record.
- Microsoft will not use customer information in HealthVault to personalize ads or services without the explicit permission of the individual.
To ensure that companies and other organizations that offer HealthVault-enabled applications follow these principles, HealthVault requires them to sign an agreement to adhere to privacy practices relating to accountability, notice, consent, and security. Microsoft has also established technical requirements to help ensure that only authorized applications and devices can access HealthVault accounts.