Google’s shuttering of Google Health in June also affected those mobile app developers that included Google Health integration in their offerings or even as a back-end solution. One such company is CTIS, which offers a personal health record (PHR) application, called mPHR, that requires users to have a Google Health account to access its features. Now, the company is collaborating with Microsoft to integrate HealthVault into its offering. Like HealthVault, it plans to encourage users to migrate from Google Health to HealthVault to continue using the mPHR app.
The mPHR app is currently available for iOS devices and an Android version is expected to be released soon. At the end of July, CTIS said it had surpasses 600 downloads for its mPHR iPhone app.
Interestingly, the application became available in the AppStore this past March, but Google did not give the company permission to issue a press release until July. That was approximately one month after Google announced plans to shutter its PHR platform Google Health.
Google said that Google Health will officially close shop on January 1, 2012, but data stored in Google Health will continue to be available for download until January 1, 2013. (For more information on Google Health’s demise, read 10 Reasons why Google Health failed.)
While Google Health is shuttering, CTIS told MobiHealthNews that it plans to develop its application for users on the HealthVault platform for years to come.
According to the description of mPHR in Apple’s AppStore, the app “syncs with Google health, Google calendar, MobileMe, Microsoft Outlook, major pharmacies and hospital systems. If it works with Google health, it works with mPHR!” No mention yet of Microsoft HealthVault integration in the app’s description. The app was last updated in May, according to the AppStore.
The mPHR app reminds users when to take medications, get directions to their next doctor appointment, and refill a prescription. The app also enables “real-time access” to medical records and enables users to send updates to doctors and other health care professionals.