Evaluation of Microsoft Healthvault and Google Health Personal Health Records
Health and Technology, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp. 3-10
Posted: 2 Aug 2013
Date Written: 2013
Consumer healthcare is an approach to encourage patients to participate in the health system, possibly resulting in a larger data and information basis with better quality, potentially leading to healthier lifestyles, better diagnoses and treatments. Personal health records (PHR) are the important parts of consumer healthcare, used to organize healthcare information. Currently, the most well-known Systems in this new market are Microsoft HealthVault and Google Health. In this article we list 25 features that we deem the end user sees as necessary for a successful PHR. We analyze the state of Microsoft HealthVault and Google Health in regard to these features. This article also examines and compares the design of the Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) of both systems since it will affect the number and variety of value-added applications that will be developed. The accuracy of an API design could be essential for the commercial success of these PHR systems.
Keywords: Consumer healthcare, Google Health, Microsoft HealthVault, Personal health records, Comparative evaluation
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