This is a big deal -- the last of three key initiatives we undertook more than a year ago to ensure that developers who build on top of HealthVault can be confident in their investment. We are not going away. But even if we did, or if for any reason a developer decided they no longer wanted to connect to "our" HealthVault, there is a realistic path to run against another implementation, with just a configuration change.
Will there be other implementations? That's up to the market - we've made it possible.
When we first announced our intent to release the specification last April, we thought it would be published a lot sooner. As we've followed the long path to get it done, I've learned a ton about the internal processes and gates here at Microsoft that help protect our intellectual property. The company takes this incredibly seriously - and rightly so, as IP is our only real asset - so releasing it so freely is a huge step that required explicit approval at the highest levels of the company. It speaks volumes about our approach to the health market and our ecosystem partners.
We also originally planned to use the Open Specification Promise, and ended up using the similar Community Promise instead. Why? Because the CP allows us to limit the license to the healthcare domain, which seemed to make a bunch of sense. Other than that, basically the same deal.
So whether you need an open source library to work with HealthVault, want to see or build upon the complete source code tree for our .NET SDK, or want to go all-in and create your own version of the HealthVault service, it's all good.
Yet another barrier knocked down, and yet another proof point that Microsoft is committed to do what is necessary to help spur real, fundamental change in our healthcare system.
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Sean - Great - and a nice reminder - HealthVault, unlike others in the space - is a real "platform" - where the value of innovation accrues to your partners!!!
Great accomplishment Sean. Speaks volumes to our customers, our partners - and yes - the $2.5 Trillion health industry that Microsoft is a major player in health - and committed to helping people live attain a healtier life.
This is outstanding. The more apps the better for HealthVault and the people who use it!