Posts Tagged ‘Google Health’

Two More Articles on the Health 2.0 Conference

November 5, 2008

Neil Versel has written two articles from the conference which emphasize the optimistic outlook for Health 2.0 products.

The first quotes Robert Kolodner saying that Health 2.0 is in the early hype cycle. He also cited Enoch Choi of MedHelp who said that half of the panel last year on physician social networks are out of business but that the future is still bright, perhaps because the conference attracted 1000 attendees including many from mainline healthcare organizations and employers.

The second article is about Google Health and quotes Roni Zeiger who said that user feedback, much of which was from the pilot with the Cleveland Clinic, reflects enthusiasm for the product and the desire for more features. In discussing medication history, he said “Right now, Google Health’s role is “helping to build the pipes” for interoperable data exchange.” See also the recent announcement about Google Health’s deal with PatientAssistance.com to enable prescription assistance services from its PHR.

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Google Health Updates

October 16, 2008

Google Health has added some usability to make it accessible to the blind by enabling text readers. This will not only benefit those using Google Health but also those who pull their data from PHRs which don’t have these features.

Also, there is a new posting on ReadWriteWeb on Google Health and Microsoft Health Vault as Coke and Pepsi flavors of PHR platforms. Microsoft states, “introducing a new type of consumer health solution is a long-term endeavor.”
“This whole space is still so small, and has such huge potential, that we can both grow huge and succeed without bumping heads. Later on, head-to-head competition will probably be more important.” These platforms are very new but quickly growing their partner networks. It is difficult to see advantages yet so recommendations to consumers at this point are tough.

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Google Health – Interview with Missy Krasner

October 2, 2008

In a podcast interview for Modern Healthcare, Missy Krasner discusses Google Health including the early partnership with Cleveland Clinic and others. She emphasizes the value proposition of portability of healthcare information through Google Health. Slow adoption of PHRs she attributes to lack of interoperability and patients/consumers not being at the center of health care provision. Part of Google’s goal by opening up their API is to encourage innovation among small companies to add value. Also, by adding it to Google’s suite of products like email and calendaring, the hope is that Google Health will become part of one’s daily workflow.

My question is: how will we see this happen? Is anyone measuring this, researching adoption, promoting integration. I hope we will begin to see more reports of this in the press and professional Health IT journals. Or how about an offical Google blog just for Google Health?

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Google Health and More

May 20, 2008

Today in a webcast from the Googleplex, Google Health was opened to the public. All the features are now available to the U.S. at least. I participated in the pilot for the Cleveland Clinic as a participant in MyChart and found it easy to use, to import information and add more specifics. Now I can import my Google Health profile back into MyChart. Pretty cool. Also added the Walk for Good widget to my iGoogle home page. 100 users have signed up already.

This has already hit the tech and mainstream news outlets already with discussions about privacy, questions about Google’s motivation and benefits for consumers.

I think Google is adding some value here. There are making an effort to protect privacy while promoting health. And their partnerships indicate a desire to make this a broad umbrella for addressing health care issues.

I encourage you to try Google Health before making a quick judgement.

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Google CEO on Google Health at HIMSS – video

March 18, 2008

Eric Schmidt’s keynote address at HIMSS in Orlando last month is now available on the HIMSS website. His argument to have your medical records available from “the cloud” (maybe he should have said a secure place within the cloud) is worth the time. The demo by Roni Zeiger is also included.

This announcement continues to get attention from all quarters even with some predicting that Google will dominate this space in spite of Microsoft’s earlier entry.

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Microsoft, Google and Revolution Health – Transforming Health Care?

February 23, 2008

In a post by Bill Crounse of Microsoft, he takes an open attitude about the Google Health announcement this week by presenting a “more the merrier” outlook. “Transforming healthcare is an incredibly complex challenge – one which no single organization can solve alone.” Microsoft’s HealthVault, Google’s new PHR aggregator and Revolution Health’s tool set for health care all contribute to what indeed may be a revolution. In two weeks, the second Health 2.0 conference will occur – another opportunity to add to the online tools consumers are coming to expect in health care as they have in many other industries already.

Next question – will you be able to use all 3 sites to manage your health without going to each separately? Or do you have to choose one to manage your health?

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Google Health Partnership with the Cleveland Clinic

February 22, 2008

In a joint announcement today, Google and the Cleveland Clinic have launched what is being called a pilot program with the Clinic’s MyChart PHR users to connect to Google Health. On the Official Google Blog, some of the technical aspects are noted such as the GData protocol and the AuthSub interface to create what is being called a Continuity of Care Record. On the Cleveland Clinic side, it is seen as a way to push the national dialogue on electronic medical records and support national access, consumer empowerment and 24/7 accessibility/portability. The pilot will be offered on an invitation only basis to 10,000 MyChart users, a good start. Looking forward to seeing this expand in the next few months.

he bottom line issue is will consumers trust Google to store their medical records? My guess is the there is a 50/50 split on this – those who think it is adequately secure and those who are suspicious or fearful.

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One Step Closer to Google Health Announcement

February 1, 2008

In a posting on the HIMSS website promoting Google CEO Eric Schmidt’s Keynote presentation at the annual conference at the end of February,  it notes that he will speak on  “how these technological innovations can be applied to Google’s new venture in the healthcare IT market.” A Google spokesperson stated, “there is no better place to apply this mission than to health.” This will be a first-time presence for Google in a meaningful way at the national conference of 20,000+ Health IT folk other than a small presence for their search appliance in the past.

Also on the bill is Steve Case on Revolution Health. It looks like Web 2.0′s time has come to this platform after minor roles for “Meet the Bloggers” in previous years.

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More News on Google Health

January 25, 2008

According to Googling Google, there is now a login screen for Google Health, unfortunately, it is not working yet. Potential features sound useful:

  • health profiles
  • download medical records
  • personalized health search and news (already available to some extent)
  • find doctors
  • share info with family members.

No launch date yet but Eric Schmitt is speaking at HIMSS at the end of February – an opportunity for an announcement?

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Google to Announce Google Health Next Year

October 19, 2007

In Information Week, there is a report of an announcement from Google (Marissa Mayer) at a Web 2.0 conference that Google will announce its offering early next year.

Google has developed a prototype online platform for its health offering that incorporates personal medical records, health care-related search features, diet and exercise regimens, a localized ‘find a doctor’ application, and other elements.”

And, “While the focus will be on improving health care and making records more accessible and portable for patients, Google will also improve life for physicians.”

As the article notes, Microsoft appears to have been first to market with a health product but it will be a fair comparison to be made once Google Health is finally launched.

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