Officials from Washington-based software giant Microsoft recently announced the addition of healthcare technology platform iTriage to its HealthVault personal healthcare record (PHR) system, reports Healthcare IT News.
iTriage is a mobile healthcare application available for both iPhone and Android smartphones. The software enables users to consult a growing database of medical conditions based on specific symptoms. The inclusion of the application in Microsoft’s HealthVault will allow subscribers to consult the iTriage system in relation to personal information stored in their HealthVault account, providing more relevant search results for a variety of ailments.
“PHRs offer consumers a great way to monitor their health,” Peter Hudson, co-founder of iTriage, told the news source. “Our iTriage vision includes being the mobile aggregator for multiple PHRs in the future, We believe today’s HealthVault PHR integration into iTriage will give consumers a convenient and easy way to access their health information anywhere, anytime.”
More than 3 million people have used the application to consult the database of health problems. In addition to providing users with information regarding possible causes for symptoms, the software also suggests potential treatment options, suitable medications and nearby treatment facilities based on personal information and real time location data.
The announcement could be the first of many in the personal healthcare IT industry as increasing numbers of people take a more active role in monitoring their health. According to Information Week, a new study by researchers at Harvard University suggests that more people want access to notes made by their physicians through their mobile devices.
Data from the study indicates that between 92 and 97 percent of patients responding to the survey said they would welcome increased access to their physicians’ notes. Additionally, between 69 and 81 percent of medical professionals said that increased access to patient health information was a good idea.