Friday, March 13, 2009

Microsoft Health Vault

Note: This is an old post from Blog Kenst from Thursday, November 8th, 2007:

A few weeks ago I signed up for Microsoft's Health Vault site after seeing a review in the Wall Street Journal. I was intrigued by the idea of controlling my health information and sharing it with whom I choose instead of the opposite. I have a Microsoft Live account, so I used that to sign in and then began to fill out my "profile" - essentially your basic information like Name, Address, Phone number, etc. I even uploaded a picture, just in case I forget who Chris Kenst is.

The problem is I have almost no use for it right now. The site has a repository for health documents, so I uploaded a health survey I took at work, but other than that the site doesn't bring me any significant value. There are only about 20 or so partners on the site, none of which I use. Until Aetna (my health insurance) or some other health company of mine decides to join the site has no meaning other than a health search engine. (I found the search engine to be fairly useful for finding health related questions).

The bottom line: how long will it take before I get some real use of the this service? In the meantime my health survey is up for anyone who finds a way to hack in.

Update: I haven't used this or my Google Health account in a long time. I should probably check back and see if they've made any drastic or useful changes!

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