On Thursday, Microsoft Canada’s John Weigelt presented the company’s HealthVault at the 2009 World Congress on Privacy, Security, Trust and the Management of E-Business in Saint John. The platform will allow Canadians to manage and store their personal health information on an ‘online cloud.’ Patients will have access to applications that will help manage and keep track of personal health records, chronic disease and pediatric care. Telus is licensing Microsoft HealthVault in Canada and branding it as Telus Health Space. The same was presented to a crowd by Microsoft Canada’s John Weigelt at the 2009 World Congress on Privacy, Security, Trust and the Management of E-Business in Saint John.
In addition, the service also allows patients who use it to share their data with family members or physicians if they chose to do so. Weigelt said when that type of sharing is brought up, naturally, the main concern people have is security. The platform has been available in the United States since October 2007, where it is directly distributed by Microsoft. Weigelt said the concern led to Microsoft seeking out a Canadian partner that could license the software, and allow the data to be stored on Canadian servers. Marc Filion, Chief Operating Officer and General Director for Telus Health Solutions, said the company is aiming to launch HealthVault as Telus Health Space in Canada during the first quarter of 2010. He also said that Telus is in talks with Canada Health Infoway, a federally funded non-profit organization currently working to implement electronic health records for Canadians.