The Mayo Clinic has launched a no-cost Web site that will allow users to create personal health records using Microsoft technology. The Web site, called the Mayo Clinic Health Manager, uses Microsoft’s HealthVault system to store PHR information for anyone who wishes to use it, not just Mayo Clinic patients.
The clinic’s site will provide customized information for users, such as checkup reminders. In addition, after a series of initial questions about age, gender and users’ family medical history and current and previous health issues, the site recommends certain screenings or suggests articles for users to read. The site also allows users to store contact information for physicians, pharmacies and health insurers and provides reminders about upcoming appointments.
However, because of privacy reasons, the site does not send e-mail reminders. A user must log on to the site to receive the reminders about appointments and other issues.