Thursday, February 21, 2008

Google Health

On the Google Blogscoped blog it is being reported that Google has been making progress with their health record application, Google Health. This has been in the making for awhile now, as over the past year Google has been speaking quite publicly about their efforts. As the Google Blogscope reports, the login page for Google Health listed these features of the system:

* Build online health profiles that belong to you
* Download medical records from doctors and pharmacies
* Get personalized health guidance and relevant news
* Find qualified doctors and connect to time-saving services
* Share selected information with family or caregivers

Google is often criticized with regards to their privacy policies as it remains nebulous exactly how much information they store and capture about any one individual's activities in their applications (more on privacy concerns discussed on ZDNet and Search Engine Land). However, the company seems strongly committed to developing this tool.

This week, Google Health is making news again, as the Cleveland Clinic announces a partnership with Google to pilot Google Health for personal health records.

More on the partnership:
- the Cleveland Clinic press release
- Wall Street Journal's Health blog
- New York Times coverage
- Wired News coverage (AP wire)

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