I thought Microsoft has done a good job in pulling together HealthVault, their entry into the healthcare field. Others have probably articulated a better assessment of this product than I did on Thursday, but I will stand by what I wrote. HealthVault has some very strong features, and yes, it is being built on products from other companies. So what is wrong with that?
Several writers pointed out that HealthVault isn’t a real personal health record, and that most people don’t follow their health that closely. I agree with these observations, but then again, if there are tools that make is easier to capture and manage all of this information, maybe more people will. Quicken sells a whole lot of software to individuals and companies who manage their basic bookkeeping and taxes with online products.
The product I’m looking for will capture all of the EOBs so that I can deal with the “manager” of my
Vince Kuraitis published his comments on World Health Congress Blog and summarized his views here:
- HV is Confusing. What is it?
- A Narrow View: It’s a
- A Somewhat Broader View: HV is a Platform for Remote Patient Monitoring (
- An Even Broader View: HV Begins to Create a New Ecosystem for the Appropriate, Free Flow of Interoperable and Transportable Personal Health Information (
Kuraitis elaborated further in this own blog, e-Care Management.
In my comment today on the World Health Congress blog, I suggested that this is the “tipping point” (sorry — but it’s a good description). Maybe if it’s easy to follow your own health issues, we’re more likely to do it. Maybe the real use will be in tracking our elderly parents and other relatives! With a platform in place, maybe some innovative people will create products that will be valued by consumers.