Condolences to Google on the death of Google Health. But kudos to them for offering portability of the PHRs stored there, even if you don't like the offered destination--Microsoft HealthVault. That's a big win for people who have been storing their personal health records with Google since Health launched three years ago.
Information Week says that the two companies will announce the transfer opportunity on July 5. There is an exisiting, somewhat cumbersome way to extract your data from Google Health. Through this partnership, however, users will be able to take advantage of the new Direct Protocol open standard for a more streamlined and secure transfer of their health data.
Google Health will shut down officially in January 2012, but information will remain available for another year after that. In January 2013, that information will be deleted.
Read more at Information Week about Microsoft's thoughts on the Google Health shutdown and the transfer opportunity. You can also learn more in Sean Nolan's blog post about it. Nolan is Chief Architect and General Manager, Microsoft Health Solutions Group.