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May 09, 2008


Sean Nolan

Dale, you can find some information about how we're dealing with provenance of data in HealthVault on my blog here: (second section in the post titled "Digital Signatures") ... I'm quite excited about the potential for this one.


Jeff O'Connor

Great post, Dale. I wasn't aware of the Paypal/XBox analogy that Microsoft was promoting, but think it makes a good deal of sense based on my limited knowledge of HealthVault.

Personally, I think the XBox analogy is going to become even more appropriate and pronounced as EMRs and EHRs become a schema for describing a patient in their entirety, from genotype to phenotype.

Just as XBox Live allows someone two different people to play their HALO characters against one another in real time, the same technology will eventually allow a patient to be diagnosed by a specialist across the country or around the world, in real time, without leaving his or her sickbed.

There's been a lot of speculation and even some fun-poking at Microsoft over the development of their Surface product; Mary Joe Foley (whom I respect a great deal as an even-handed IT journalist, no easy task when you build a career around reporting on Microsoft) doesn't seem to believe there's a market for the spherical model of the same device.

Doesn't anyone remember "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" or any of the "Star Trek: Voyager" episodes about the holographic doctor? Microsoft Surface is there first UIs for virtual reality medicine, and HealthVault (and Google Health) are the file formats for the software that will eventually run them.

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