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article imageMicrosoft wins Surgeon General's endorsement

By Christopher Wager     Jun 26, 2010 in Health
Microsoft has done it again by bringing a free convenient service to the public. Microsoft Healthvault, a free online service allowing you to store all your records in one place.
This in turn will give health care providers access to vital information about you and your family regardless of where you are for treatment.
U. S. Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin expressed her enthusiasm over the expansion of My Family Health Portrait, an existing record keeping database hosted by The Cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid (caBIG) at the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health (NIH) Healthvault will allow.
"This announcement is an important advancement in primary care and disease prevention by making family health history data available and accessible to consumers and practitioners," said Dr. Benjamin. "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."
In addition to the National Cancer Institute, and National Institute of Health (NIH) this "upgrade" to Dr. Benjamin's program is supported by five other government agencies. With this much government involvement, one might begin to question the privacy and security issues of their recorders prying eyes. The entanglement of late with personal information involving social networks such as Facebook and the undefined pressure put on them from the government. Personal medical recorders and family history takes the privacy issue to a whole new level. According to the February 2010 news release out by the Surgeon General's office which contained a quote from David Cerino, General Manager, Microsoft Health Solutions Group, a less than reassuring endorsement of their security measures. In fact, they weren't mentioned at all. (Services, 2010)
"We share the Surgeon General's goal of empowering people to become active partners in their own health and have developed HealthVault with that end goal in mind," said David Cerino. "Family history can play a pivotal role in an individual's current and future health care needs. By connecting My Family Health Portrait to HealthVault, consumers can build a complete profile of their personal health information and then work with their health care professionals and connected Websites, applications, and devices to make more informed decisions about their health and wellness." (Microsoft, 2010)
If you would like more information on how you can check this new service out for yourself, go to:
For more information about the Surgeon Generals Family Health History Initiative, click here.
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