The rumors were right: Google to phase out its Microsoft HealthVault competitor

The rumors were right: Google to phase out its Microsoft HealthVault competitor

Summary: Back in March 2011, there were rumors circulating that Google planned to do away with Google Health, its Microsoft HealthVault competitor. And on June 24, Google admitted that the rumors were right.

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Back in March 2011, there were rumors circulating that Google planned to do away with Google Health, its Microsoft HealthVault competitor. And on June 24, Google admitted that the rumors were right.

In a post to the Official Google Blog, Google officials conceded that they are "retiring" Google Health as of January 1, 2012, with data stored in its medical-record system available for download through January 1, 2013.

Google characterized Google Health (and another product it is retiring, Google PowerMeter), as "two products that didn't catch on the way we would have hoped."

More from Google's post:

"Now, with a few years of experience, we’ve observed that Google Health is not having the broad impact that we hoped it would. There has been adoption among certain groups of users like tech-savvy patients and their caregivers, and more recently fitness and wellness enthusiasts. But we haven’t found a way to translate that limited usage into widespread adoption in the daily health routines of millions of people. That’s why we’ve made the difficult decision to discontinue the Google Health service."

Data not removed from Google Health by January 1, 2013, will be permanently deleted, Google officials said. Google is advising those who stored information in its medical-records service to either print and save their data or transfer it to other services using PDF, CCR (Continuity of Care Record, an XML format), Comma-separated value (CSV) files, ZIP archiving, or other means.

Microsoft is continuing to invest in its cloud-based electronic-medical-record offering, known as HealthVault, which it launched in 2009. It also is holding onto its various health-focused software investments, including its Amalga integration and analysis products. Earlier this year, Microsoft moved its Health Solutions business unit into the same unit as its Dynamics CRM and Dynamics ERP products. The Health unit has its own sales force and partner channel (at least for the time being).

(Thanks to @inafried for the heads up on the Google post today.)

Topics: Google, CXO, Health, Legal, 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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  • RE: The rumors were right: Google to phase out its Microsoft HealthVault competitor

    Funny, I'm wondering if Eric Schmidt said his famous "If you have something that you dont want anyone to know, maybe you shouldnt be doing it in the first place when he was asked about privacy when they were storing such sensitive data.
    jfbonnin1
    • RE: The rumors were right: Google to phase out its Microsoft HealthVault competitor

      @jfbonnin@...
      Sounds like the Bush Administration when they passed the Patriot Act.
      hoaxoner
    • RE: The rumors were right: Google to phase out its Microsoft HealthVault competitor

      @jfbonnin@... I hope this guy stay long enough to see himself get crewed one more time. I am sure he remembers.
      jk_10
    • RE: The rumors were right: Google to phase out its Microsoft HealthVault competitor

      @jfbonnin@... I am not some kind of magician, but it were to be expected, no ?<br><a href="http://www.ofertareonline.ro/plase-insecte.html">Plase Insecte</a>
      termopane
  • RE: The rumors were right: Google to phase out its Microsoft HealthVault competitor

    Nooooooooo! I love it. I use it all the time with Withings BP monitor and scales.. I have a renal transplant and this is the sort of thing i had hoped would take over the healthcare systems accross teh world, but no. it's not the end user who isnt interested, it's the middle people. GHGHG!
    wdowell
    • PHR's not tied to physicians have little chance of widespread success

      @wdowell
      PikesPeak555
  • Find a provider offering a Patient Portal with a PHR

    Ask your provider if they offer a Patient Portal with a PHR function. If they are using either Epic or Allscripts both vendors have this option available.
    PikesPeak555
  • Hard to sell ads

    Well, Google could not monetize it. That is probably a good thing that Google dropped it.
    Your Non Advocate
  • Mary Jo, what about Hohm?

    Any word about the future of Hohm (Microsoft's alternative to PowerMeter)? Maybe they'll give it a better name? :)
    batpox
    • RE: The rumors were right: Google to phase out its Microsoft HealthVault competitor

      @batpox <br>Hohm is good, and I don't see anything bad about that name. Hohm (sounds like Home and it is related to Ohm).
      Ram U
  • Correction to his quote...

    "But we haven?t found a way to translate that limited usage into widespread ad revenue"
    PB_z
  • Is Microsoft Healthvault next?

    Any truth to this rumor? http://technorati.com/technology/it/article/microsofts-attempt-in-healthcare-field1/
    mHealthTalk
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