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Mike Denis, director of information strategy at South London and Maudsley Foundation Trust, part of King’s Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre, suggests cloud computing can revolutionise the management of patient data. Storing personal music and photo collections and having them available from various mobile devices is not new.

The Microsoft HealthVault is a system being implemented, with patients – as future users – designing the system with clinicians. With Microsoft, we have been able to make available a personal online health record for patients that will empower them to shape and influence their treatment plans.