Through what under the surface seems to be mostly a re-branding of Microsoft Health Vault, Mayo Clinic entered the personal health record space this week with the Tuesday launch of the Mayo Clinic Health Manger. The website, which according to the terms of service “features health content and guidance from the experts at Mayo Clinic” but is “hosted by Microsoft and powered by Microsoft® HealthVault™,” allows patients to collect, monitor, and maintain their personal health records in one place.
The site has a few particularly useful features that let it stand out against others in this arena. Firstly, there’s the ability to create custom trackers, allowing the patient to graphically monitor whatever they’d like over time – a bit like a health journal. Also, the site makes it easy to create a customized print out for doctor visits, facilitating better preparation on the patients’ part. Lastly, Microsoft has done a good job of partnering with a set of device manufacturers for integration into Health Vault.
Link: Mayo Clinic Health Manger…
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