December 2, 2009

Microsoft, Google Face Off On Healthcare

By Kelley Luckstein

Microsoft and Google are taking their rivalry to the doctor's office, running competing services that allow people to store their medical records online for access by family members and healthcare providers.  Google Health and Microsoft HealthVault are similar approaches: They let patients input their own medical data either by typing it in or by giving permission for the vendor to get the information from a healthcare provider or insurer with which it's partnering…


The Mayo Clinic is partnering with Microsoft on its PHR system, the Mayo Clinic Health Manager. Launched in April, it integrates with HealthVault, storing medical records, immunizations, and information on conditions being managed such as allergies…


They tend to be frontrunners in the things that we do," said Michael Greenhalgh, senior manager of product management for Mayo Clinic Global Products and Solutions. "We had a shared vision. We were looking to make things better in the health field."


InformationWeek by Mitch Wagner, 12/1/09

Tags: Global Products and Solutions, Health IT, Microsoft HealthVault

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