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Microsoft Unveils Online 'Health Vault'

Microsoft launched a free, ad-supported online health portal called HealthVault yesterday that allows people to upload their medical records to the Web and share the information with doctors. Microsoft beat not only the federal government to the punch but also a number of other companies that reportedly have been working on similar portals. Some privacy advocates are concerned that such sites could expose sensitive medical data to hackers and outsiders, but Microsoft said it has spent the past several years consulting with experts to ensure that HealthVault will keep personal information private.

Your Health Data, Plugged In to the Web, Washington Post, October 5, 2007.