Microsoft HealthVault

Microsoft HealthVault
Microsoft HealthVault
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Microsoft HealthVault website
Developer(s) Microsoft
Preview release Beta / October 4, 2007
Type Medical database

Microsoft HealthVault is a web-based platform from Microsoft to store and maintain health and fitness information.[1][2][3][4] Started in October 2007, the website is accessible at and addresses both individuals and healthcare professionals.



A HealthVault record stores an individual's health information. Access to a record is through a HealthVault account, which may be authorized to access records for multiple individuals, so that a mother may manage records for each of her children or a son may have access to his father's record to help the father deal with medical issues. Access to the account is through Windows Live ID or a limited set of OpenID providers.


An individual interacts with their HealthVault record through the HealthVault site, or, more typically, through an application that talks to the HealthVault platform. When an individual first uses a HealthVault application, they are asked to authorize the application to access a specific set of data types, and those data types are the only ones the application can use. An individual can also share part (some data types) or whole of their health record with another interested individual such as a doctor, a spouse, a parent, etc.


HealthVault Connection Center allows health and fitness data to be transferred from devices (such as heart rate watches, blood pressure monitors and the Withings wifi bodyscale[5]) into an individual's HealthVault record. It can also be used to find and download drivers for medical devices.[6][7]


HealthVault supports a number of exchange formats including industry standards such as the Continuity of Care Document and the Continuity of Care Record. Support for industry standards makes it possible to integrate[8] with many personal health record solutions.


HealthVault's primary competitors are Google Health, Dossia and World Medical Card.

HealthVault Web Applications

A comprehensive list of web applications is available at the HealthVault website. Some of the notable ones are listed below.


External links

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