More on HealthVault: An Interview with Peter Neupert

I'm traveling in Japan this week to attend and speak at the Science and Technology in Society forum in Kyoto, but I wanted to provide HealthBlog readers with a link to more information about Microsoft HealthVault.  My Microsoft Developer Network colleague, Jon Udell , at Channel 9 was able to grab an interview with Peter Neupert, corporate VP of Microsoft's Health Solutions Group.  Peter shares information about his background and the significance of his group's acquisitions of Azyxii and MedStory for clinicians and consumers.  He then dives into the substance of Microsoft's new consumer health offering, HealthVault.  You can link directly to this audio-cast here.

Bill Crounse, MD    Worldwide Health Director     Microsoft Corporation

Comments (7)

  1. Mike Mannes says:

    I think the vault is a great idea – what a wonderful opportunity for hackers.  It’s an open invitation to try to get in.  Sorry folks – this needs a better spin before I use it!

  2. hlthblog says:

    Thanks for writing, Mike.

    I value all constructive opinions on this Blog.  I think our Health Solutions Group has a very aggressive privacy and security grip.  They are well aware that people are highly sensitive, and rightfully so, about privacy and security when it comes to personal health information.  Time will tell on whether people trust HealthVault enough to use it.  Also, keep in mind that the consumer has complete control over what kind of information to store there.  That being the case, I think the service will get used.

    Bill Crounse, MD

  3. carl canavan says:

    The interview with Peter Neubert is very interesting. My question is whether Neubert and his team are thinking beyond the HealthVault technologies that transmit health data and access patient specific information. Certainly HealthVault will be an important contribution to the development of eHealth, but I think with the same tools HealthVault could leap beyond tech apps. Simply, realize that organized data panels of patient data could provide very important information, in near real-time, back to the patients, information that would not otherwise be available.

    For example, say there was a newly approved pain medication. HealthVault users will likely provide a data profile including obvious risk factors, concomitant medications, and the treated medical condition and co-morbidities. Compiling and biostatistical review and, poof, the patients (and their providers?) who submitted the information would receive efficacy and safety information that in nowadays not available for up to years.

    In general terms, HealthVault would be ideal for postmarketing drug adverse event surveillance, for drug safety by a check on drug interactions, and biosurveillance. Right now, as far as I can tell, HealthVault has the technologies, partners, and soon patient populations to do this. So, how about it?  

  4. hlthblog says:


    Thanks for writing.  These capabilities are all on our radar, and I’ll be sure to communicate your thoughts to the broader team at HealthVault.  HealthVault was designed as a platform, if you will, a kind of "operating system" for healthcare with the patient having absolute control over who has access to the information they store or information that is stored for them.  

    Thanks again for sending your comments.

    Bill Crounse, MD

  5. Isaac Mavorah says:

    Hi Bill,

    I have been in the medical records industry for 9 years. I read the article in Businessweek a few weeks ago and I was floored.

    About 7 years ago I had a vision similar to what you are implementing now but with one major difference. I had a strategy on how to grow the subscriber base of patients exponentially and provide a real economic incentive to doctors and physician practices.

    The strategy also provides comfort for patients who may be reluctant to have their medical records on the web.

    Alas, my limited resources never allowed me to realize my dream. But I am so excited that you and your team are at the forefront of what I believe is the future of the medical records industry.

    Lastly, I would love the opportunity to present the strategy of what I think will grow the membership base of HealthVault tremendously in the near future. Feel free to reply to the blog with your indication of interest or contact me directly via E-mail.

    All the best.

    Isaac Mavorah

    HY Care Medical

  6. hlthblog says:

    Thanks for writing, Isaac.  I’ll send you a note at the e-mail address provided.

    Bill Crounse, MD

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