'Direct Project Messaging Protocols' Transfer Google Health Service Data to Microsoft HealthVault

People looking to transfer their data from Google Health service, which is scheduled to be discontinued on Jan. 1, 2012, can now easily transfer their personal health information stored in a Google Health profile to a Microsoft HealthVault account using the "Direct Project messaging protocols" established by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health […]

People looking to transfer their data from Google Health service, which is scheduled to be discontinued on Jan. 1, 2012, can now easily transfer their personal health information stored in a Google Health profile to a Microsoft HealthVault account using the "Direct Project messaging protocols" established by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, Microsoft annnounced today.

The Direct Project specifies a simple, scalable, standards-based way for participants to send authenticated, encrypted health information to known, trusted recipients over the Internet.

"A Google Health account holder who wants to transfer his or her personal health information to HealthVault can start by selecting the "Send profile to another service" option on the Download menu in Google Health. Google Health will then send his or her Google Health profile directly to HealthVault as an encrypted message using the Direct Project messaging protocols. Users will receive confirmation in Google Health that their profile was sent, and then an email explaining how to create a HealthVault account and complete the data transfer," the Redmond copany explained.

"Third-party organizations that have developed Google Health applications also are invited to migrate their solutions to the HealthVault platform. Documentation, reference materials and a Software Development Kit are available at the HealthVault Developer Center on the Microsoft Developer Network, and the business development team at hvbd@microsoft.com is available to answer developers' questions," the software company added.

Complete instructions for using this method, as well as an alternative manual method, can be found here.

[Source: Microsoft Press]