Microsoft launches HealthVault Windows Phone app

By: Chris Gullo | Dec 19, 2011        

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HealthVaultMicrosoft released an official mobile app for its HealthVault PHR platform last week for smartphones running the company’s Windows Phone 7 operating system. The free app allows users to quickly input medical information such as immunizations and allergies to the cloud-based service, view graphs charting blood pressure and glucose readings, review insurance information and family medical history, and more.

Microsoft’s chief architect of Health Solutions, Sean Nolan, commented on the app’s launch in a recent blog post: “I am stunned at how many folks have already installed our brand new [app]. Forget any questions I may have had about the momentum of the mobile platforms; this is where the world is going.” He added that the app was meant to be a general purpose tool for adding and sharing health information with providers, such as a nurse or physician.

While Nolan was stunned about the number of downloads since the app launched on December 13th, he did not disclose any specific numbers.

HealthVault first went mobile this June, when it launched a mobile optimized layout for its website, as well as a software developer kit (SDK) for Windows Phone 7 OS, iOS, and Android. The SDK allows third-party developers to integrate HealthVault’s PHR cloud service into their health apps’s back end. The shuttering of Google Health in June has led some health app developers to switch from Google Health to HealthVault for the back end.

At the time of the SDK launch, Nolan wrote that it has become “completely obvious” that mobile devices are becoming the primary channel through which people “communicate and compute” throughout the day. Mobile makes “complete sense” for health, Nolan wrote, because all meaningful health-related activities occur while we are away from our laptops: “office visits, emergencies, workouts, daily glucose testing, sleeping, you name it.”

Despite the fact that Microsoft has made an SDK available for Android and Apple iOS apps, this Windows Phone 7 HealthVault app release includes no mention of plans for an Android or iPhone version of the app.

Read Nolan’s blog post for more details.

  • David Doherty, 3G Doctor

    We’re currently finalising our HealthVault App and I’d thoroughly recommend other developers investigate the opportunities the platform offers.

    HealthVault represents a great opportunity to stitch together the siloed data streams that mHealth Apps and M2M devices are increasingly generating. 

  • http://www.malaspinahealthcare.com Kathleen Malaspina

    I’m surprised that Microsoft hasn’t released this HealthVault mobile app for Android and iPhone since last time I checked Microsoft’s Windows 7 phone only has single digit market share ( http://www.winrumors.com/gartner-windows-phone-sales-flat-in-q3-2011/ ).  Even if Microsoft was ‘stunned’ by the number of downloads, in relative terms to the total available market it’s pretty small.

  • David Doherty, 3G Doctor

    @kmalaspina:disqus HealthVault has been accessible on a wide range of Smartphone OS’s (eg. Android, iOS, BB OS, Symbian etc) for sometime as the website is mobile optimised and so works on any device with a modern web browser.
    As for downloadable mobile apps there is nothing to suggest that Microsoft (a software company) won’t be launching downloadable Apps for these other OS’s in time. Evidence for this can be found on the iPad in front of me today that’s running plenty of MS software eg. OneNote, SkyDrive and Minesweeper!

    In Healthcare I think the are big advantages when services are available regardless of the particular platform a user is on as it’s imperative that things work everywhere for everyone.

    PS it’s worth pointing out that single digit market share is still more than 1 million devices which isn’t too bad for an OS that’s been around for little more than a year.

  • Omar_barlas

    Check out another HealthVault App for Windows Phone 7 at http://www.windowsphone.com/en-US/apps/fe446b61-6126-44c7-80f7-455712bf3764 
    This app will let you load and view your medical images from your HealthVault Account on to your Windows Phone 7