Microsoft HealthVault is a service that was announced back in 2007 that aimed to offer a service for users to securely store their personal health records.
HealthVault has had a rocky existence since its announcement. The service had apps originally for Windows 8 and the mobile equivalent, which were later removed due to “compatibility issues”. Subsequently, apps under the HealthVault Insights brand were launched for iOS, Android, and Windows 10 Mobile, which too were scrapped a year later.
In an email sent to registered users of HealthVault, uncovered by ZDNet, Microsoft said:
We are reaching out to you because you are a registered user of the HealthVault service. We are providing you this notice to ensure you are aware of an important development:
The Microsoft HealthVault service will be shut down as of November 20, 2019.
Data you have in your HealthVault account will be deleted effective November 20, 2019. If you wish to keep the data in your account, you need to take action now to transfer that data from your HealthVault account.
Please take appropriate action to move your data or information you may have stored in your HealthVault account. To help customers that wish to transfer their data out of HealthVault, several options are available and described below.
If you are using an Application (mobile, web, etc.) that is dependent on the HealthVault service, such applications may also stop working once the HealthVault service is shut down. Please reach out to the Application provider for information on their plans.
We appreciate your use of the HealthVault Service. If you have questions regarding this communication please do not hesitate to reach out to HealthVault Customer Support.
Microsoft warns users to move their data to another storage solution, as it will otherwise be lost. Additionally, apps that are dependent on HealthVault may stop working.
HealthVault is scheduled to shut down on November 20.Further reading: HealthVault, Microsoft