Siemens Licenses Microsoft HealthVault

Microsoft reports today that the German conglomerate Siemens has licensed its HealthVault personal health technology platform. Siemens, through its IT services and solutions division, will be the exclusive provider of HealthVault in Germany. Germany will be the third country to adopt the technology, which enables people to store their personal health records in a secure online account and to share their information with their doctors. Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) launched the system in the U.S. in 2007, and the telecom company Telus gained rights to the technology last year to develop an electronic health service for people in Canada.

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  • I have written quite a bit about PHRs and their evolution and have even interviewed the CEO of Bumrungrad hospital in Thailand, also using HealthVault in a video a few months ago.

    I attended the World Healthcare Tourism Conference in Los Angeles and spent some time with a German Informatics Professor to see where they are with health IT and posted a fe comments and in my opinion from what I heard, they are ready to rock and roll here. They were very aware of our struggle with paper in the US and electronic records he told me is a way of life in Germany, thus the PHR with HeatlhVault seems to be a natural addition to help the patient with being involved in their care.

    http://ducknetweb.blogspot.com/2010/01/microsoft-healthvault-and-siemens.html