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Microsoft releases Health Choices app

Microsoft releases Health Choices app
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Health Choices, a smartphone app that provides health guidance and information about NHS services has been released by Microsoft for use on Apple and Android devices.

The app, which was originally released by the company in collaboration with NHS Choices for its Windows Phone last month, gives users access to choice and treatment information from the government’s flagship health website and to Microsoft’s HealthVault platform.

Users can search for NHS services such as A&E or GP practices by name, location or by how close they are to the user's GPS location. Contact details for GPs, dentists, hospital departments and other NHS services are also provided.

The app also includes patient ratings on services, allowing people to make informed decisions about the best GP practice or hospital for them. A health A-Z displays condition symptoms and treatments.

For Windows Phone users, a Live Tile pinned to the start screen provides real-time information from NHS Choices and allows users to pin local NHS service information, such as contact and address details, to their home screen.

The app is integrated with Microsoft’s HealthVault platform, which provides those signed up to the scheme with secure access to their personal health record.

The platform, which was recently incorporated into South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust’s personal online health record, allows patients to view and store comprehensive NHS approved information including details of conditions, medication and immunisation records.

The app, which has been designed by software developers 3chillies, is available for free from the Windows Phone Marketplace, iTunes store and Google play.

Last updated: 4 July 2012 10:31

Chris Thorne

2 July 2012




Future proofing

kenni39 163 weeks ago

What happens to this app when NHS Direct and NHS choices disappear later this year? Will it be updated to show 111 and directory of services links, or just become useless?

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Small steps...

Kev@UHS 164 weeks ago

HealthVault can provide a genuine leap forward for NHS and it's patients with particular regard to sharing data across multiple providers. I think it's a positive step if more people are thinking about adapting applications to work with the framework.

However, this particular application seems very poor or perhaps a beta version in need of much development. At UHS we couldn't get it to find an emergency department or GP surgery. Also, every organisation seems to be rated 2/5

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Released by M$?

Reginald Perrin 164 weeks ago

Has it really been released by M$? Looks like someone is just using APIs from NHS choices and Healthvault to make an app. Ahh well; must not moan as its progress at least.

Do think there needs to be a joined up approach with smartphone apps tho. NHS Direct have a seperate app as well... be nice to have a consistent UI at least.

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