The XBox as health information portal?

We blogged earlier this week about the role of the tablet computer as an EHR tool. Now comes the news that Microsoft is finding ways to connect its personal health record, Health Vault, with various hardware systems. How might this work? Here’s a perspective from ZDNet:

The XBox, for instance, is a computer, and costs less than a PC. The main XBox site advertises systems starting at $199.

Why not put it in hospital rooms and connect it to the hospital’s electronic medical record system? That way a doctor could show a patient his scans at their bedside, and the hospital could create entertaining follow-up programs. Young patients would also have something to do.

The company is also working hard to match the Nintendo Wii with a gesture interface dubbed Project Natal. Placing the XBox in hospitals as well as homes would allow those undergoing rehabilitation the chance to do the needed work at home, creating valuable new applications and application markets.

Or a mobile phone could be used to collect data points like blood pressure, blood sugar, exercise statistics and food diaries, which could help patients stay on track and create a data stream for doctors.