Microsoft, Google Joust—and Concur—On Personal Health Records

Chad Berndtson reports:

They may be cutthroat competitors. But tried as their representatives did to explain the fundamental differences between two personal health record (PHR) platforms,Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) and Google also may yet have some detente—at least when it comes to the like-minded goal of managing vast quantities of personal health information to benefit end users.

Appearing at the Mastermind Session at Everything Channel’s Healthcare Summit in San Diego this week, Grad Conn, Microsoft Senior Director of Global Consumer Health Strategy in the Health Solutions Group, and Alfred Spector, Google Vice President of Research and Special Initiatives, fielded more than an hour of questions from both Gartner analysts and audience members regarding Microsoft HealthVault and Google Health.

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