An Introduction to HealthVault-Enabled Apps

HealthVault-enabled apps  are “websites, desktop applications, and mobile apps that connect with HealthVault to help you get more out of your health information.

“Apps can help you organize your family’s medical information, manage a chronic condition, set and track fitness goals, and more. For example, you can upload heart rate and blood pressure information to HealthVault, then use an app to analyze trends and changes and get advice on keeping your heart healthy.”

Microsoft HealthVault Apps Help →

What is an app?
What kinds of apps are available?
Why do apps need access to my HealthVault information?
Where can I see a list of the apps I have authorized to access my HealthVault record?
How do I remove an app’s access to my HealthVault record?
Why isn’t information I added in my app showing up in my HealthVault record?
Why isn’t information I added in HealthVault showing up in my app?
I’m having trouble with an app. Who should I contact?
If I delete information in my HealthVault record, will it automatically delete from apps I use too?

Getting Started With Apps

Most likely you’ll want to add and use some HealthVault-enabled apps, so let me suggest that you begin with some of those that are represented in the masthead of this weblog. Step-by-step guidance in installing selected apps is available on the Apps drop-down menu. The Beginners’ Guide on the Help drop-down menu the recommended place for getting started.

noMoreClipboard. Another app to consider for starters is noMoreClipboard, which is quite comprehensive, especially when it comes to medications, your health history, and current conditions.

Heart360Heart360   is another useful app. It gives you lots of assistance in entering, accurately and completely, the important medication information.

LabCorp Beacon Patient. Many hospitals, clinics, and private practices use LabCorp for some of their lab work. Beacon Patient will give you access to the results of tests performed by LabCorp.

iBlueButton. iBlueButton is useful in sharing some of your health information with your physicians IF they have an iPad or iPad-mini (refer to Connect Providers) for more information on this topic).

Of course, you will find many more HealthVault-enabled apps, here. I’m sure this short list will change and expand as you and I become more familiar with the wide range apps at our disposal.


Issues

FDA: Apps & PHR. The FDA encourages the development of mobile medical apps that improve health care and provide consumers and health care professionals with valuable health information. The FDA also has a public health responsibility to oversee the safety and effectiveness of medical devices – including mobile medical apps.

FDA’s mobile medical app policy does not apply to mobile apps that function as an electronic health record (EHR) system or personal health record (PHR) system.

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info-iconAdd Apps Multiple Times. One of the issues you will encountered when you begin to install apps is that apps must be installed (given access) separately for each PHR.

info-iconIndividual Microsoft Accounts Required. While one HealthVault account may accommodate personal health records (PHR) for several persons (even pets), some HealthVault-enabled apps require that each PHR have a separate account.

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