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Screen Shots: A Peek Inside Microsoft's New HealthVault

HealthVault: Microsoft's strategy for consumer health-records managmenet

On October 4, Microsoft launched an open beta of HealthVault, a client application plus a Live service that will allow consumers to build and maintain a personal health record.

HealthVault is comprised of a number of different elements: A records database stored in Microsoft-hosted datacenters; one or more Live services providing users and approved health professionals with access to those records; a secure health-focused search engine; and various mechanisms for inputting everything from health-device data, to prescription information into a centralized record repository.

By Mary Jo Foley

Mary Jo Foley has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications, including ZDNet, eWeek and Baseline. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008). She...