Two years ago, Google started a personal health database service called Google Health. It, like many other Google services, is still in the “beta” testing stages, which means it is still under development.
Google states the service is a “safe, secure and free” place to “take charge of your health information”. It will allow you to personally:
- Organize your health information all in one place
- Gather your medical records from doctors, hospitals, and pharmacies
- Share your information securely with a family member, doctors or caregivers
And they will never sell or share your personal information with anyone. For those you choose to allow to access your information, you can control just how much they have access to.
A March 29 Time magazine article says that “Google Health is teaming with Surescripts, the nation’s largest electronic prescribing network, which connects physicians to major pharmacy chains” and independent drugstores and insurance plans.
The Time article mentions that few doctors, hospitals, and insurers are using service such as Google Health, which doesn’t come as much of a surprise. (My doctor doesn’t even have a computer in his office).
One other service like Google Health is Microsoft’s HealthVault. I found the Microsoft site to be much more appealing to the eye. I’m not sure when Microsoft started their service, but it also acts as more that just a database. It also includes tips on maintaining your health, along with some instructional videos from other sources. The main page displayed material from Emory University and the Mayo Clinic.
Google Health is ad free, which may appeal to many, but overall the site design was spare. Just another Google site.