Google on the verge of launching Microsoft HealthVault competitor

Google on the verge of launching Microsoft HealthVault competitor

Summary: Google is finally poised to launch its long-awaited Google Health service, which will be a head-to-head competitor with Microsoft's HealthVault software/service that Redmond released in beta in October 2007.

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Google is finally poised to launch its long-awaited Google Health service, according to the Google Blogoscoped site.

Google Health will allow users to build online health profiles, download medical records, get personalized health advice and share information (at a patient's discretion) with doctors and others.

Sounds almost identical, feature-for-feature, to Microsoft's HealthVault service. Microsoft launched a beta of HealthVault last October. The one noticeable difference is HealthVault includes a client application that complements the Live service that will allow consumers to build and maintain a personal health record. One of the inputs into this health record will be results from Microsoft’s health search-engine, also known as HealthVault, which is based on the MedStory search technology Microsoft bought in 2006.

(HealthVault was codenamed "Wildcat," for all you codename watchers out there.  And "Wildcat Labs" was the HealthVault software development kit.)

Microsoft hasn't said much about HealthVault since the October beta launch. There's a new HealthVault blog that could be worth watching as Microsoft's service moves ahead. And there's the second annual Microsoft Health and Life Sciences Solutions and Developer Conference on the books for April (where "Health 2.0" will be among the topics discussed).

Beyond that, I guess it's stay tuned for yet another Microsoft-Google battle.

Topics: Software, CXO, Enterprise Software, Google, Health, Microsoft, IT Employment

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • I hope my medical records don't appear on Google search!

    Because trusting Google with your info., is like giving the CIA all the dirt there is on you.
    quikboy
    • Where do you think the CIA get their info on you?

      from google, of course... ;)
      GuidingLight
  • RE: Google on the verge of launching Microsoft HealthVault competitor

    With all the personal information that we have seen compromised lately, the last thing in the world I would put on on yet one (or two) more servers is my health information. This oneupmanship between Microsoft and Google is really getting ridiculous!
    Heart_Man_2000