Microsoft HealthVault: Device Connectivity

The HealthVault (HV) beta was launched October 4, 2007. Between the confusion surrounding the launch and work, I've tried to gather some thoughts and get some questions answered. The launch was a classic Microsoft launch: big, dramatic, expensive, and well executed, right down to the goody bags (you had to be there to get one, so I missed out). Typical with such events, naysayers were out in force, and there was a bit of confusion. You can also find some good information on the big picture of HV from Vince Kuraitis and Enoch Choi. Perhaps the most confusion around HV is whether or not it is a personal health record (PHR). Many of the “news stories” that recycled the HV press release referred to HV as a PHR. A few, Vince and Enoch among them, noted that HV is in fact not a PHR. From what I and others can see, there is very little in the way of a user interface that would allow patients to maintain and manage a PHR. According to one Microsoft executive I talked with, HV is a “platform” that's intended to be used by other applications, and is not a PHR. He reported that Microsoft's taken a more consumer focused approach, surrounding them with their information so they can share their health data with whom they wish. So, the absence of a robust...

Read More