Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft HealthVault and Chicago-based HIMSS Analytics have set up shop in Europe.
Microsoft has established UK HealthVault with corporate sibling MSN and sponsorship from Nuffield Health, a network of 30 private hospitals and 50 fitness centers. Initial HealthVault services in the United Kingdom include the My Health Info personal health record software and tools from Nuffield Health to measure and track blood pressure, allergies and immunizations, body mass index and the number of steps taken during exercise. MSN will host UK HealthVault.
HIMSS Analytics Europe is based in Leipzig, Germany. HIMSS recently acquired Hospital IT.Net, which offers market intelligence on European health information technology vendors and the I.T. systems used in hospitals, as well as a networking and news portal. The acquired firm, the services of which are complementary to what HIMSS Analytics offers in the United States, is the foundation for the European effort. Uwe Buddrus, former owner of Hospital IT.Net, now is managing director of HIMSS Analytics Europe.
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