Google Health: New Features, Fit and Trim

September 15, 2010

Today Google Health launched a major update. Many of the features were part of the demo at HIMSS 2010 include the flexible graph feature for lab results. As with the previous version, editing information is easy and intuitive. In viewing individual lab results, a definition is in the right column along with news and articles from Google Scholar – contextual information.  Usability research was an important aspect of the updates which included adding new features:

  • “Dedicated wellness tracking including pre-built and custom trackers
  • Efficient manual data entry as well as automatic data collection through devices
  • A customizable summary dashboard of wellness and other health topics
  • Goal setting and progress tracking using interactive charts
  • Personalized pages for each topic with rich charts, journaling, and related information.”
  • In additional, new partnerships round out the offering: Fitbit, Cardiotrainer, and WorkSmartLabs.  So it appears that in lieu of making Google Health a mobile app itself, they have partnered with mobile app developers particularly around wellness and exercise. Although Google Health displays well on an iPad browser in landscape view.

    Three new provider partnerships are announced as well, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at StanfordUniversity of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and Sharp HealthCare. Look forward to hearing more about these and how they are encouraging the use of Google Health. UPMC is an Epic shop with MyChart.

    The announcement has led to lots of buzz in blogs and twitter including “Google Health Unbound: Can It Overcome Indifference to Personal Health Records?” and Google Health Takes a Big Step Forward by Dr. Dean Ornish on Huffington Post.

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