The U.S. Surgeon General's Office has announced a collaboration with Microsoft Corp., linking the government-developed and free My Family Health Portrait online health history development tool with Microsoft's HealthVault personal health-record platform.
Surgeon general, Microsoft form PHR partnership
The new government venture with Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft “enables consumers to easily record their family health history and integrate the information stored in their My Family Health Portrait profile into a personal HealthVault account,” according to a news release.
“This new collaboration with HealthVault is part of a broader initiative and one of many third-party solutions that will expand the capability of My Family Health Portrait to help individuals make knowledgeable health decisions with their doctors,” Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, M.D., said in the release.
According to the office, in the coming months, "My Family Health Portrait will expand its offering to other third-party health solutions.”
Microsoft did not charge the government for the HealthVault connection, according to a government spokewoman.
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