TELUS licenses Microsoft HealthVault to launch TELUS Health Space, Canada's first consumer e-health platform

    TELUS Health Space, powered by Microsoft HealthVault, will help people
    make better health decisions

    TORONTO, May 6 /CNW/ - TELUS today announced that it has signed an
agreement with Microsoft Corp. in which TELUS is granted the exclusive license
to host and operate the HealthVault platform for the development of a
consumer-focused e-health service in Canada. The service will be called TELUS
Health Space, powered by Microsoft HealthVault.
    The service will be the first of its kind in Canada, letting Canadians
manage and store their personal health information and have access to
applications like personal health record, chronic disease management,
pediatric care and wellness products that will allow better management of
their health and the health of their family.
    "What was once thought impossible is now a reality. Canadians have been
demanding the ability to manage their health electronically and soon they will
be able to do it with a life-long record provided by TELUS," said Francois
Cote, President of TELUS Health Solutions. "We are very excited to be working
with Microsoft because of their clear commitment to healthcare, their track
record in delivering world class software solutions and ability to attract
leading application providers to their platforms."
    Building on a long-standing relationship, this collaboration combines the
rich technology and health expertise of TELUS and Microsoft to deliver a
comprehensive consumer-focused e-health service for Canadians," said Phil
Sorgen, President, Microsoft Canada. "This marks the first international
deployment of Microsoft HealthVault, which accelerates the move toward an
online, patient-centric healthcare system, and which will improve the health
and wellness of our country's citizens."
    TELUS Health Space will make the service available to organizations such
as governments, health regions, hospitals, insurers and employers, who would
like to offer the service to their constituents. TELUS will operate Health
Space's infrastructure and securely host all stored health data in Canada to
help ensure consumer privacy.
    "As both the Privacy Commissioner of Ontario and as a patient, I applaud
TELUS and Microsoft for taking this important first step in making a platform
for consumer-focused e-health applications available to health care providers
and other organizations," said Dr. Ann Cavoukian, Information and Privacy
Commissioner of Ontario. "I urge these providers to actively pass on the
benefits of these services to individual patients. As the health care system
transitions from paper-based records to electronic health records, it is
essential for patients to become an active part of this process. The services
envisioned in Canada's first consumer e-health platform will give patients the
tools to manage their own health care through electronic access to
comprehensive, patient-centred health information. Let the new era of
accessibility begin."
    TELUS, with the collaboration of Microsoft, will proactively solicit
developers, application providers and device manufacturers to join the service
and provide consumers with tools that will help foster dynamic, trusted and
personalized healthcare. Currently, there are already over 60 companies
delivering online solutions for the HealthVault platform in the U.S., spanning
health care providers, health plans, medical devices and pharmacies.

    About Microsoft HealthVault

    Microsoft HealthVault is a personal health application platform designed
to put consumers in control of their health information. HealthVault provides
a privacy- and security-enhanced foundation on which a broad ecosystem of
providers can build innovative health and wellness solutions such as personal
health records, disease management, fitness, weight loss and other Web
applications. HealthVault can be used to collect and store health information
that would otherwise reside in disparate systems and transfer the information
between a variety of providers' health services and systems. It enables the
reuse and free flow of interoperable and transportable personal health

    About Microsoft

    Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in
software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their
full potential.

    About TELUS Health Solutions

    TELUS Health Solutions, backed by Emergis, represents a unique set of
technology, expertise and resources to help transform how information is used
in the healthcare industry. TELUS Health Solutions has years of expertise in
successfully implementing healthcare applications and information
communication technology processes through industry leading solutions and
consulting services to customers in Canada and around the world. It is backed
by more than 1,500 TELUS Health Solutions team members including healthcare
professionals. For more information, please visit

    About TELUS

    TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE:   TU) is a leading national telecommunications
company in Canada, with $9.7 billion of annual revenue and 11.6 million
customer connections including 6.1 million wireless subscribers, 4.2 million
wireline network access lines and 1.2 million Internet subscribers. Led since
2000 by President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, TELUS provides a wide range of
communications products and services including data, Internet protocol (IP),
voice, entertainment and video. In support of our philosophy to give where we
live, TELUS, our team members and retirees have contributed $137 million to 
charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered more than 2.6
million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Nine TELUS Community
Boards across Canada lead our local philanthropic initiatives. For more
information about TELUS, please visit

For further information:

For further information: For media inquiries, please contact: Allison
Vale, TELUS Media Relations, (416) 629-6425,; Claire
Rankine, High Road Communications on behalf of Microsoft Canada Co., (416)
528-1733,; Rapid Response Team for Microsoft in the
U.S., Waggener Edstrom Worldwide, (503) 443-7070,

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