ODBC Connectivity Will Allow Familiar Applications, such as Microsoft Excel and Access, to Connect to HealthVault
Bellevue, WA – June 10, 2009 – Simba Technologies Inc., industry’s source for standards-based data connectivity solutions, announces the release of its custom ODBC driver that connects a multitude of familiar applications, including Microsoft Excel and Access, to Microsoft HealthVault. The ODBC driver gives users a convenient way to access, view and use data uploaded into a HealthVault account from various health and fitness devices. HealthVault is a privacy and security-enhanced data storage and sharing platform that helps consumers enable an easy, ongoing exchange of data among different health applications and devices in a centralized location.
“There is an entire ecosystem of amazing, smart health devices and software applications that interface with and enable central information storage on HealthVault,” said Amyn Rajan, CEO of Simba Technologies. “Simba’s custom ODBC driver for HealthVault enables users to access data uploaded from their smart health devices and do things like review it and chart it in familiar software applications like Excel.”
Simba’s ODBC driver provides users with a choice in which application they choose to review and track their health data. Users can upload data into HealthVault from a wide variety of smart health devices, including heart rate monitors, pedometers, glucose meters and asthma inhalers, and then pull the data into applications to graph and review it. For example, a user can test their blood sugar levels with a glucose meter, sync the data to HealthVault and then use an application such as Excel to graph it and look for patterns. Similarly, with patient permission, a doctor can use an application to review and chart a patient’s data.
“We’re excited to see the number of tools available to consumers and their physicians to track and monitor health information expanding,” said David Cerino, General Manager of the Consumer Health Solutions Group at Microsoft. “Simba’s offering bridges online record management with offline analysis in familiar desktop tools. This exemplifies our goal of putting the consumers at the center of their health information by giving them more choices for better managing their health.”
Simba is distributing the ODBC connectivity driver for free on its website at http://www.simba.com/ODBC-Driver-for-HealthVault.htm.
The ODBC driver, based upon Simba’s proven ODBC data connectivity technology, leverages Simba’s expertise in building connectivity solutions – in this case, standards-based data connectivity to a web-based data source like HealthVault. Although, Rajan noted that Simba’s software expertise and driver development capabilities extend far beyond.
“Simba has been developing custom data drivers and device drivers for many years,” said Rajan. “Through our software development division we have helped numerous companies develop specialized connectivity and software. Our expertise includes device drivers for HealthVault connectivity, as well as general software development services. We’ve built this custom ODBC driver and have chosen to freely distribute it to help people get better connected; it’s also an example of what can be done.”
About Simba Technologies Inc.
Simba Technologies Inc. is the recognized world leader in standards-based data access products, solutions and services for both relational and multi-dimensional data sources. Simba provides data connectivity solutions and software development services to many of the world’s leading companies on various platforms, including Windows, Mac, UNIX, Linux and many mobile device platforms. Simba’s data connectivity products support multiple interfaces, including ODBC, JDBC, OLE DB, OLE DB for OLAP (ODBO), XML for Analysis (XMLA), ADO, ADO.NET, ADOMD and ADOMD.NET. Its software development services span a wide range of specialties with proven development experience and an impressive skill set of programming languages, frameworks and tools.
Simba’s software is used worldwide. Its customers include leading independent software vendors and global enterprises like Microsoft, Oracle and SAP AG.
For more information on Simba’s data connectivity products and solutions, visit www.simba.com.