Microsoft's personal health record (PHR) service HealthVault is going to Bumrungrad International Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand. I've never been to Thailand but I know some people who moved to live there a few years ago. Here's a snippet from InformationWeek about HealthVault in Thailand:
With HealthVault, international patients who receive treatment at Bumrungrad will be able to access and share their medical records via the Web once they're back home, promoting continuity of care. The records are available free to Bumrungrad's approximately 420,000 international patients as well as to those living locally.Sounds like some exciting developments in the international PHR space. Since we're all connected by the Internet, it should be relatively easy to access health records from anywhere in the world. I'm sure we'll be hearing some interesting things about Google Health in the near future as they make inroads in the PHR space.
Bumrungrad has 1.5 million patients, and about 45,000 of those annually are Americans who travel to Thailand for healthcare services that are too expensive in the U.S., or aren't readily available to them if they're living outside the U.S. as expatriates.