Microsoft HealthVault Welcomes Google Health Users with Open Arms

Microsoft is allowing Google Health users to move their data to its HealthVault platform, before Google closes the service in 2012.

Google Health services allowed people to store their entire medical records online, at a central place, making it easily available to doctors whenever the need arises.

Google, however, decided to shut the service down due to low user adoption. Now Microsoft is offering Google Health users a chance to port their data to its own HealthVault platform.

The software giant said that Google Health users can transfer the data to HealthVault by using the Direct Project messaging protocols established by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. Direct Project offers a simplified way for users to send confidential medical data to a recipient over the internet in a secure manner.

"Google has been an important ally in providing customers with access to their data and tools to better manage care online," said Nate McLemore, general manager, Microsoft Health Solutions Group.

“Microsoft continues to advance the HealthVault platform to increase its value to consumers--by adding important features, such as support for mobile devices, and by collaborating with hundreds of health organizations,” he added.

The company also invited third party developers making applications for Google Health to migrate their offerings to HealthVault, using an SDK available for them from the Microsoft Developer Network website.