I have written many times in the past (on this blog and through other channels) on the potential of Microsoft to play a key role in consumer eHealth. In addition to Microsoft HealthVault, the company has released information about other ideas currently in their labs:
- smartphone apps that use sensors such accelerometers, camera, and microphone to help people keep daily logs of their activities. I am considering employing a personal trainer to get into better shape and they have suggested that keeping such a log is an important part of a wellness and fitness program.
- Use of xbox 360 platform in hospital rooms to “to feed information from electronic medical records onto in-room display screens for patients”
- Computers built into tabletops that would instruct patients on how to care for themselves when outsidemthe hospital. “The computers could be used to pull content like X-ray images from personal records, or other pictures from the Internet, and to save them for the patient to view later.”
While some of these ideas might seem far fetched, I find it interesting to watch how a large consumer electronics and software company like Microsoft is exploring health applications for their products.