Microsoft abandons its own HealthVault app

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That's really interesting - and disturbing. My guess is that MS is changing the API to HealthVault and MS doesn't want to update their app. (And Fitbit decides to drop out as well.)

I noticed the article only mentioned Windows phone. I thought Android had a HealthVault app, but there's none there now. So this may not be limited to just Windows phones.

The Band's connection to HealthVault was one of the big factors in my purchase. What's the point of gathering information if I can't share it with my doctor?

I think MS needs to get a grasp before they're branded as a "What will be abandon today?" company.
 

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That's really interesting - and disturbing. My guess is that MS is changing the API to HealthVault and MS doesn't want to update their app. (And Fitbit decides to drop out as well.)

I noticed the article only mentioned Windows phone. I thought Android had a HealthVault app, but there's none there now. So this may not be limited to just Windows phones.

The Band's connection to HealthVault was one of the big factors in my purchase. What's the point of gathering information if I can't share it with my doctor?

I think MS needs to get a grasp before they're branded as a "What will be abandon today?" company.

Does your doctor even want to see the data from your Band 2? Reliability of the data and information overload comes to mind.

The HealthVault app not being upgraded for Windows 10 Mobile is probably an acknowledgement that Windows Phone doesn't have a big enough following and also a sign of their intent to focus more on enterprise/small business users for their services. Healthvault actually has an impressive list of companies in the health care industry using it.

https://account.healthvault.com/us/en/Directory?target=Apps&searchtype=ViewAll

I've never walked into a CVS and had the pharmacist ask me if I have my medical records stored on Microsoft HealthVault though.
 

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I've never walked into a CVS and had the pharmacist ask me if I have my medical records stored on Microsoft HealthVault though.

That would have taken awhile to happen.

Furthermore the healthvault app had not been updated for such a long time and to me personally this whole thing feels like office politics to me. Teams / individuals wanting to implement / do their own thing. How else can you explain this fragmented approach as of late....

Then you have Microsoft with their layoffs, which is starting to become an annual thing.... :grincry:.
 

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Does your doctor even want to see the data from your Band 2? Reliability of the data and information overload comes to mind.
The top summery page is a far more accurate indicator of my activity level (or lack thereof) then my usual response to the doctor's question of how active I am. ("so-so")


The HealthVault app not being upgraded for Windows 10 Mobile is probably an acknowledgement that Windows Phone doesn't have a big enough following
I think you're right. I thought Android had a HealthVault app, but maybe not. HV isn't really something that you'd use with a app anyway. An app to feed it, yes. But I don't know as it's all that great on a small screen.

I think bottom line, we need to keep our eyes on the next two events. There is one in October. Another in 2017. If nothing shows up by the second one, the crystal ball is clear enough and it's time to bail.
 

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