imageThe new application for Windows Phone OS (and soon for other operating systems too) is called “Health Choices”. It provides Windows Phone users with their own patient information as it includes access to Microsoft® HealthVault® - the cloud-based platform offering intuitive and interactive ways to create and monitor wellness information. Once users create an account and log in they can view and store comprehensive NHS approved information including details of conditions, medication, immunisation records and local hospital/clinic and GP contact information. In addition, the app also includes secure data from NHS Choices, allowing people to view reliable educational information surrounding their conditions, treatments and medications.

clip_image002With Bing maps integrated, the app can help find location information, directions and contact details for GPs, dentists, hospital departments and other NHS services. A key feature is the Live Tile which when pinned to the start screen, provides real-time information at a glance. ‘Health Choices’ updates automatically with ‘Behind the Headlines’ news from NHS Choices and allows people to pin local NHS service information, such as contact and address details, straight to their start screen. The app also includes independent ratings on services, so people can make informed decisions about the best clinic or hospital for them.

“Health Choices” is available for download on the Windows Phone Marketplace where useful and informative health applications of all kinds are multiplying by the day. If you get services from the NHS in the UK, check it out and let me know what you think.

Bill Crounse, MD, Senior Director, Worldwide Health - Microsoft