Archive for March 16th, 2009

New Features for Google Health

March 16, 2009

Google Health has rolled out a new feature to allow users to share their profiles. This could include your provider, family members or others. It gives view only access to those users. There is also an option for printing a wallet size version of medications, allergies, conditions and treatments. This could be helpful in an emergency. Other options in an emergency are: have a family member login or share a login with and ER or have your login in your wallet although this is not preferred and not stated by Google as an option because of the obvious privacy risks.  Although some have criticized this print feature, the fact of the matter is that most consumers have some printed records at home if not in their wallet.  A smart card might be preferred but only if there is a national standard that can be read at all hospitals.  No perfect answers here yet but a great improvement over paper records and a move closer to a national standard for PHRs or PHR platforms.
Also new on Google Health is the ability to graph medical test information. Wouldn’t it be great if portions of this could be exported to one’s profile on another site, such as, PatientsLikeMe?  All in due time.

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