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      Google to Exit Online Health Records Storage; Microsoft Offers Transfer to its Solution

      Jul 19, 2011
      With Google set to discontinue its online health record storage service on January 1, 2012, Microsoft is promoting an easy way for customers to shift those records to its HealthVault platform, according to an MSN Finance article. The files will be encrypted to protect their privacy.

      With Google set to discontinue its online health record storage service on January 1, 2012, Microsoft is promoting an easy way for customers to shift those records to its HealthVault platform, according to an MSN Finance article. The files will be encrypted to protect their privacy.

      "Microsoft continues to advance the HealthVault platform," Microsoft's Health Solutions Group’s general manager, Nate McLemore, said in a blog post.

      "Google has been an important ally in providing customers with access to their data and tools to better manage care online," he added.

      According to the article, Microsoft went live in October 2007 with its free HealthVault service, where personal medical records can be stored and managed safely, and users have control over what portions of their data healthcare providers can access.

      MSN Finance reported that although Google Health will "retire" on January 1, users will be able to download their information through the end of 2012.

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