Microsoft and Telus Join Forces For Canadian Healthcare Database

Microsoft and Telus have announced a joint venture in the healthcare sector, aimed at creating an online medical database for Canadian consumers.

The database will incorporate the Health Vault software developed by Microsoft, and will allow users in British Columbia to instantly access their own patient records online.

Canadian telecommunications firm Telus hopes that the venture will improve its revenue share, which has suffered recently from the increased competition of new mobile services.

Telus had always had links in the healthcare sector and this deal has been seen by many industry experts as a shrewd move, given the increasing population of Canada.

Speaking at a conference on e-health, Telus chief executive Darren Entwistle stated: "Now, Canadians will have the ability to create, store and manage their personal health information across their computers and smart phones and, in the future, TVs."

This new service will provide patients with the ability to view their medical files and keep track of their own healthcare.