Toronto – TELUS today announced that it has signed an agreement with Microsoft Corp. in which TELUS is granted the exclusive license to host and operate the HealthVault platform for the development of a consumer-focused e-health service in Canada. The service will be called TELUS Health Space, powered by Microsoft HealthVault.
The service will be the first of its kind in Canada, letting Canadians manage and store their personal health information and have access to applications like personal health record, chronic disease management, pediatric care and wellness products that will allow better management of their health and the health of their family.
“What was once thought impossible is now a reality. Canadians have been demanding the ability to manage their health electronically and soon they will be able to do it with a life-long record provided by TELUS,” said Francois Cote, President of TELUS Health Solutions. “We are very excited to be working with Microsoft because of their clear commitment to healthcare, their track record in delivering world class software solutions and ability to attract leading application providers to their platforms.”
Building on a long-standing relationship, this collaboration combines the rich technology and health expertise of TELUS and Microsoft to deliver a comprehensive consumer-focused e-health service for Canadians,” said Phil Sorgen, President, Microsoft Canada. “This marks the first international deployment of Microsoft HealthVault, which accelerates the move toward an online, patient-centric healthcare system, and which will improve the health and wellness of our country’s citizens.”
TELUS Health Space will make the service available to organizations such as overnments, health regions, hospitals, insurers and employers, who would like to offer the service to their constituents. TELUS will operate Health Space’s infrastructure and securely host all stored health data in Canada to help ensure consumer privacy.
“As both the Privacy Commissioner of Ontario and as a patient, I applaud TELUS and Microsoft for taking this important first step in making a platform for consumer-focused e-health applications available to health care providers and other organizations,” said Dr. Ann Cavoukian, Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario. “I urge these providers to actively pass on the benefits of these services to individual patients. As the health care system transitions from paper-based records to electronic health records, it is
essential for patients to become an active part of this process. The services envisioned in Canada’s first consumer e-health platform will give patients the tools to manage their own health care through electronic access to comprehensive, patient-centred health information. Let the new era of accessibility begin.”
TELUS, with the collaboration of Microsoft, will proactively solicit developers, application providers and device manufacturers to join the service and provide consumers with tools that will help foster dynamic, trusted and personalized healthcare. Currently, there are already over 60 companies delivering online solutions for the HealthVault platform in the U.S., spanning health care providers, health plans, medical devices and pharmacies.