Microsoft HealthVault is a web-based platform from Microsoft to store and maintain health and fitness information. Started in October 2007, the website is accessible at www.healthvault.com and addresses both individuals and healthcare professionals. In June 2010, Microsoft HealthVault was launched in the UK, the website is accessible at www.healthvault.co.uk
A HealthVault record stores an individual's health information. Access to a record is through a HealthVault account, which may be authorized to access records for multiple individuals, so that a mother may manage records for each of her children or a son may have access to his father's record to help the father deal with medical issues. Authorization of the account can be through Windows Live ID, Facebook or a limited set of OpenID providers.
An individual interacts with their HealthVault record through the HealthVault site, or, more typically, through an application that talks to the HealthVault platform. When an individual first uses a HealthVault application, they are asked to authorize the application to access a specific set of data types, and those data types are the only ones the application can use. An individual can