On October 1st,MSN released the beta of My Health Info, a new online service that helps people manage their health information on the Web. My Health Info is a unique service that offers people a variety of tools and widgets to upload, organize and monitor health information stored in their personal Microsoft HealthVault accounts. The new service allows people to research medical concerns, read the latest health news, gain guidance from medical experts, learn about nutrition, and monitor conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes. My Health Infodelivers features designed for busy parents, adults who are managing the health concerns of aging parents, and people managing chronic conditions and multiple medications. Since the data is stored in Microsoft HealthVault, people can access their information via the Web whenever they need it and share it across multiple connected health applications. My Health Info will allow consumers to do the following:
- Customize their page with tools such as allergy, medicine and blood pressure trackers, a lab results bank, body mass index calculators, vaccination information and more
- Use information from personal health devices such as heart-rate monitors and pedometers
- Access profiles of multiple family members at one time, allowing caregivers to more easily manage not only their information, but their family’s as well
- Stay informed by receiving the latest in health news from sources they trust
My Health Info is a Silverlight gadget based system (or an app store framework) that allows new health gadgets that can either access HealthVault data or public data to be developed and added. In this early release, most of the gadgets were developed by the HealthVault team, but you can expect in the future to be able to develop your own HealthVault gadgets in Silverlight.
Kudos to the HealthVault team for launching this!