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July 18, 2011 at 7:37 AM

Google Health users can transfer data to Microsoft HealthVault

After Google said it will shut down its free online medical records service Google Health, Microsoft built software to help people transfer data to its competing product called HealthVault.

Microsoft announced the service on Monday.

Google’s service will shut down on Jan. 1, 2012 although the data will continue to be available for download until Jan. 1, 2013. Google created the service to give doctors, patients and hospitals a place to store their medical records online, but the company said only a small number of people used it.

Microsoft’s HealthVault provides the same service. Both companies were competing to provide health care software in the cloud. Developers can build software and hardware to work with the health data, such as blood pressure monitors.

Here is our earlier story on Google Health coming to an end.

Microsoft has said it is still committed to running HealthVault as a cloud health software service, which also stores medical records online.

People using Google Health can transfer their data by going to the Download menu and clicking on “Send profile to another service.” They will then get an email with further instructions.

Here are more detailed instructions from Microsoft on how to make the transfer.

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