Microsoft to launch HealthVault consumer Windows 8 app [Update]

In every hospital and doctor's office, there's usually more than one PC that's being used for variety of tasks. Microsoft clearly wants Windows 8 to be used in the extensive, and highly profitable, health care business and today it announced a number of health care-related efforts today. One of those announcements was a plan for Microsoft to launch its own HealthVault app for Windows 8.

In a press release today, Microsoft said:

HealthVault enables consumers to collect, store and securely share their personal health information, and connects to hundreds of third-party services and devices that make it easy to keep that information up to date. The new app brings this critical family information to life with a modern, touch-first user experience on Surface and other Windows 8 devices.

Microsoft did not give a specific release date for the Windows 8 a. Microsoft launched HealthVault in 2007 as a web-based service and has since launched apps for iOS and Windows Phone devices.

The press release does point out that there are over 850 medical based Windows 8 apps already available from the Windows Store. We have profiled one of them that was released before Windows 8 itself launched; the $499.99 EMR Surface app from Pariscribe that's designed to help medical offices track data from their patients.

Microsoft also announced today that it is working with one of the most famous and most respected hospitals in the country, The Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, to launch a pilot program that involves Windows 8. Microsoft said, "Cleveland Clinic is exploring the capabilities of Windows 8 and new Intel-powered mobile devices that enable clinicians to view a risk-stratified list of patients and call up their latest medical information."

Update: The HealthVault app is now available in the Windows 8 Store. 

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This is good.

@MidTxWRX Many third party apps and peripherals link to Health Vault. For example, the fantastic Withings Blood Pressure Monitor saves your records to Health Vault. Unfortunately most of these modern devices don't work with Windows Phone. That's why I keep an iPad

MorganX said,
This is good.

@MidTxWRX Many third party apps and peripherals link to Health Vault. For example, the fantastic Withings Blood Pressure Monitor saves your records to Health Vault. Unfortunately most of these modern devices don't work with Windows Phone. That's why I keep an iPad

Well that's what I mean... I don't have a blood pressure monitor. I do use myfitnesspal though. It tracks my weight, and intake. It doesnt work with Health Vault though.

Seems neat but it seems like it's aimed only at people who are ill.

I'd like to be able to track my own health on it.

Guess that's what third party apps are for though.

MidTxWRX said,
Seems neat but it seems like it's aimed only at people who are ill.

I'd like to be able to track my own health on it.

Guess that's what third party apps are for though.

what are you talking about? Healthvault is for anyone who wants to track their weight, fitness and nutrition, not just for ill people.

Salutary7 said,
Hmm, I thought healthvault was pretty much dead. At least it is in my region of the US.

Healthvault is very much alive. I use it every day to track my weight, I use it together with Livescape for Windows Phone, and Heart360 from the American Heart Association also uses it as well.

Ah yeah, for some reason I wasn't thinking about it from a personal use standpoint, but rather from a business use. The demand for it from Healthcare Providers isn't so high, since they'd rather work with various health information exchanges.

testman said,
Any word on if Microsoft are talking to the NHS about Windows 8/Windows 8 apps?

I'd be surprised if Microsoft isn't pursuing that angle. The question is whether it offers better functionality and affordability than the iPad solutions currently in use throughout the NHS. Don't forget that the iPad 2 is around £100 cheaper than the Surface RT and is more established in the market place. There is also a discount available for the iPad for NHS employees.