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Microsoft HealthVault
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Microsoft HealthVault website
Microsoft HealthVault website
TypePersonal health record

Microsoft HealthVault is a web-based personal health record created by Microsoft, in October 2007, to store and maintain health and fitness information.[1][2][3][4] This website addresses both individuals and healthcare professionals, and in June 2010 expanded its services beyond the United States to include the United Kingdom.[5] On April 5, 2019, Microsoft announced the effective November 20, 2019, Healthvault will be closed,[6] any data left in user accounts will be deleted, and any apps that are dependent on HealthVault for data will also stop working.[7][8]


A HealthVault record stores an individual's health information. Access to a record is through a HealthVault account, which may be authorized to access records for multiple individuals, e.g., so that a parent may manage records for their children, or a child may have access to their parent's records to help the parent deal with medical issues. Authorization of the account could previously be performed with the use of a Facebook account, Windows Live ID account, or an account from a limited set of other OpenID providers. On April 6, 2016, Microsoft announced via email to users that Facebook and OpenID sign in will not be available after 31 May 2016.[9] After this time, when attempting to log in using these methods, a page indicating they are no longer supported is displayed.[10]


An individual interacts with their HealthVault record through either the HealthVault website or, more typically,[citation needed] through an app, application, or device that communicates with the HealthVault platform. When an individual first uses a HealthVault application, they are asked to authorize the application to access a specific set of data types, and those data types are the only ones the application can use. An individual can also share either their entire health record or selected data with another interested individual, such as a doctor, relative, etc.


HealthVault Connection Center allows health and fitness data to be exchanged between selected devices (such as blood pressure monitors, heart rate watches, and the Withings wifi bodyscale) into an individual's HealthVault record. It can also be used to find and download drivers for medical devices.[11][12] Additionally, in 2014, Microsoft introduced the Microsoft Band, a fitness band powered by the Microsoft Health service that supports the Microsoft HealthVault for aggregation and integration of various services, such as MyFitnessPal.[13][14]

Medical Imaging[edit]

HealthVault supports storage, viewing, uploading, and downloading, by consumers and third parties, of DICOM based medical imaging. Additionally, a plethora of third party HealthVault medical imaging viewers has been released to connect to HealthVault.


HealthVault supports a number of exchange formats, including industry standards such as the Continuity of Care Document and the Continuity of Care Record. Support for industry standards makes it possible to integrate[15] with many personal health record solutions.


  1. ^ Hachman, Mark (2007-10-04). "MicrosoftLaunches 'HealthVault' Records-Storage Site". PCMag. Retrieved 2008-02-04.
  2. ^ "Microsoft launches medical records site". The Globe and Mail. Toronto. Retrieved 2008-02-04.
  3. ^ "The vault is open". Economist. 2007-10-04. Retrieved 2008-02-06.
  4. ^ "Microsoft Launches Health Records Site". Fox News. 4 October 2007.
  5. ^ Hoeksma, Jon (2010-06-23). "Microsoft launches HealthVault in UK". E-Health Insider. Archived from the original on 2013-03-16. Retrieved 2013-10-16. Microsoft has launched its personal health record platform in the UK
  6. ^ "Microsoft to Retire Its Health Service in November". Softpedia. April 8, 2019. Retrieved April 9, 2019.
  7. ^ Foley, Mary Jo for All About Microsoft (April 5, 2019). "Microsoft is closing its HealthVault patient-records service on November 20". ZDNet.CS1 maint: Uses authors parameter (link) "Microsoft is suggesting users who want to transfer or export their data to another personal health record provider contact Get Real Health (U.S. and international customers) and/or FollowMyHealth (U.S. customers only)."
  8. ^ Thorp-Lancaster, Dan (5 April 2019). "DOWN IT GOES: Microsoft HealthVault service shutting down on November 20. Any data left in HealthVault accounts will be deleted on November 20". WindowsCentral.
  9. ^ "Unable to access records from Facebook sign-in". Retrieved 2018-02-25.
  10. ^ "Status - HealthVault". Retrieved 2018-02-25.
  11. ^ "Dr. Microsoft is now ready to see you". Retrieved 2007-10-08.
  12. ^ "What Is Connection Center?". HealthVault. Retrieved 2007-10-08.
  13. ^ Sullivan, Mark (4 November 2014). "With the launch of the Microsoft Band, HealthVault moves behind the scenes". VentureBeat.
  14. ^ Lein, Adam Z. (3 November 2014). "How many different health platforms does Microsoft need?". PocketNow.
  15. ^ "Community: PHR integration". Records For Livving. Retrieved 2009-02-09.

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