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Data Integrity and Health 2.0 Accuracy Concerns Linger


[By Staff Reporters]

According to its’ website, and mission statement, Google Health aims to put patients in charge of their digital health information. It’s safe, secure, and free.

Triple Play of Benefits

Google Health purports to:

  • Organize health information all in one place.
  • Gather medical records from doctors, hospitals, and pharmacies.
  • Share information securely with family members doctors and caregivers, etc.

Google says members are always in control of how data is used. It will not sell information. Members decide what to share, and what to keep private.

Link: privacy policy


Google health was launched in the spring of 2008. Since then, it even maintains its own blog-site, which stated on 3/4/09.

 “We continue to learn a tremendous amount since launching Google Health in the spring of 2008. We’re listening to feedback from users every day about their needs, and one issue we hear regularly is that people want help coordinating their care and the care of loved ones. They want the ability to share their medical records and personal health information with trusted family members, friends, and doctors in their care network”

Link: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2009/03/google-health-helping-you-better.html

Good thing too!

A Cautionary Tale

However, privacy advocates worry about the vast amount of data that Google is redacting. Growing consumer market clout means the early-adopter patient who cares about digital records, and eHRs, may have fewer choices in the future. And, for medical professionals, what does this say about CCHIT, Allscripts and the Military, etc; or, the emerging Wal-Mart eMR initiative for doctors?


For example, when one now [in]famous patient named Dave deBronkart – a tech-savvy kidney cancer survivor – tried to transfer his medical records from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center to Google Health, he was stunned at what he found.

Read this Link: http://www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2009/04/13/electronic_health_records_raise_doubt

Is MSN’s Health Vault any better?

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22 Responses

  1. Of course, the broader implication of this story, far beyond healthcare, was the fact that Google was down last week. The impact of the outage was pervasive and deep. The folks at Google blamed it on too many users routing to the same location. But I say, regardless of cause, although cloud computing has great promise and we are advocates of same; it still isn’t there yet for the mission-critical corporate user.

    Dr. David Edward Marcinko


  2. Did you know that the AMA is hosting a series of free webinars for physicians, on HIT?




  3. Google Health now allows users to upload scanned paper docs,

    Link: http://www.fiercehealthit.com/story/google-health-allows-users-upload-scanned-paper-docs/2009-07-18?utm_medium=nl&utm_source=internal

    Ann Miller; RN, MHA
    [Executive Director]


  4. Did you know that Google Health recently said that it would allow patients to store their advanced directives on the cloud platform.


    Attorneys, and FAs, what do you think about that? Now, you too can join the doctors.



  5. Hello again, Ann

    Did you know that the Social Security Administration [SSA] is linking up with Microsoft to investigate ways that the software giant’s HealthVault personal health record could be used to speed the SSA’s disability benefits process?




  6. Is the national eMR market ripe for the taking by a big company like Microsoft, Google or Oracle?

    Heck, this author suggests that when the dust settles in about five or seven years, the National Health Information Network will be a regulated combination of firms.


    Your thoughts?


  7. More on Google Health

    Two and a half years after its launch, Google Health has unveiled a “top-to-bottom” redesign – with a new focus on attracting users who want to “actively manage their health and wellness.”




  8. Say bye-bye to Google Health. These are challenging times for EHRs


    An update on Google Health and Google PowerMeter

    6/24/2011 11:01:00 AM

    “In the coming months, we’re going to retire two products that didn’t catch on the way we would have hoped, but did serve as influential models: Google Health (retiring January 1, 2012; data available for download through January 1, 2013) and Google PowerMeter (retiring September 16, 2011).

    Both were based on the idea that with more and better information, people can make smarter choices, whether in regard to managing personal health and wellness, or saving money and conserving energy at home. While they didn’t scale as we had hoped, we believe they did highlight the importance of access to information in areas where it’s traditionally been difficult.”

    Source: D. Kellus Pruitt DDS


  9. Cerner on Google

    By now, most of you know that Google has officially announced the retirement of Google Health. Here at the ME-P, we’ve always thought Google was a great advocate for consumer health engagement [PHRs] and it’s a shame to see them exit the market.

    But now, who will compete with MSFT’s HealthVault?


    Your thoughts?

    Dr. David Edward Marcinko MBA


  10. Dr. Marcinko,

    Maybe Simplee is the next-gen innovator?


    Simplee was designed to solve the most common health care frustrations, from health care plans to paying medical bills.

    Dr. Fannell


  11. Is PHI Bought and Sold?

    * Privacy, is it important to you?
    * Do you believe that your medical and personal information should be kept in strict privacy?
    * Do you expect your doctor to keep your information private?
    * What is the cost of privacy?


    Dr. David Edward Marcinko MBA


  12. Google gave up on electronic personal health records, but we shouldn’t!

    Dr. Marcinko – Which will improve a person’s health more? Running around the block for 20 minutes or sitting at a computer entering their cholesterol and blood pressure readings?



  13. Google to Pay $500 Million Over Online Pharmacy Ads

    Well, it’s official – Google is paying $500 million to settle a Justice Department investigation into the company’s acceptance of ads from online Canadian pharmacies targeting US consumers.




  14. On Google Health from the Google Blog

    When we launched Google Health, our goal was to create a service that would give people access to their personal health and wellness information. We wanted to translate our successful consumer-centered approach from other domains to healthcare and have a real impact on the day-to-day health experiences of millions of our users.

    Now, with a few years of experience, we’ve observed that Google Health is not having the broad impact that we hoped it would. There has been adoption among certain groups of users like tech-savvy patients and their caregivers, and more recently fitness and wellness enthusiasts. But we haven’t found a way to translate that limited usage into widespread adoption in the daily health routines of millions of people. That’s why we’ve made the difficult decision to discontinue the Google Health service. We’ll continue to operate the Google Health site as usual through January 1, 2012, and we’ll provide an ongoing way for people to download their health data for an additional year beyond that, through January 1, 2013. Any data that remains in Google Health after that point will be permanently deleted.

    If you’re a Google Health user, we’ve made it easy for you to retrieve your data from Google Health any time before January 1, 2013. Just go to the site to download your information in any of several formats: you can print and save it, or transfer it to other services that support industry-standard data formats. Available formats include:

    • Printable PDF including all the records in your Google Health profile
    • Industry-standard Continuity of Care Record (CCR) XML that can be imported into other personal health tools such as Microsoft® HealthVault™
    • Comma-separated value (CSV) files that can be imported into spreadsheets and database programs for ongoing tracking and graphing
    • HTML and XML versions of the original “data notices” sent to your Google Health profile by linked data providers
    • A unified ZIP archive that includes all files you’ve uploaded to your profile, plus all of the formats above.

    Over the coming weeks we’ll also be adding the ability to directly transfer your health data to other services that support the Direct Project protocol, an emerging open standard for efficient health data exchange.

    And, while we’ll discontinue the Google Health service at the beginning of 2012, we’ll keep these download options available for one more year, through the start of 2013. This approach to download and transfer capability is part of Google’s strong commitment to data liberation principles: providing free and easy ways for users to maintain control of their data and move it out of Google’s services at any time.

    In the end, while we weren’t able to create the impact we wanted with Google Health, we hope it has raised the visibility of the role of the empowered consumer in their own care. We continue to be strong believers in the role information plays in healthcare and in improving the way people manage their health, and we’re always working to improve our search quality for the millions of users who come to Google every day to get answers to their health and wellness queries.


    Ann Miller RN MHA


  15. Oh Google!

    The Wall Street Journal just ran an opinion piece from Nextag CEO Jeffrey Katz, calling Google a monopoly and slamming the company’s business practices.

    This is nothing new, of course. We see these types of complaints all the time, and various government bodies continue to give the company a hard look.

    But, what do you all think?



  16. Google Will Soon Ignore Links You Tell It To

    Lamont – Google’s Matt Cutts just gave a keynote “You and A” presentation at SMX Advanced last week, and mentioned that Google is considering offering a tool that would let webmasters disavow certain links.


    Ann Miller RN MHA


  17. As Google shifts the nation’s attention from successful SEO trickery to original and meaningful content producers, the Medical Executive-Post stands to gain market-share.

    Darrell DK


  18. A New Personal Health Information Records Platform via SaaS

    OneCare empowers you with the tools and information you need to live a healthier, happier life, take control of your health information, and connect with your entire care team.

    Visit: http://www.OneCare.Me

    Will this platform succeed, where others have failed?




  19. Dr. Google

    Google starts embedding health information in search results


    Google announced February 10th 2015, via its blog that users of its search engine will start seeing curated medical facts in the Knowledge Graph.



  20. 27% of Consumers Looked Up Healthcare Cost Information in 2018

    Deloitte recently released results from their 2018 Health Care Consumer Survey. Here are some key findings from the report:

    • 27% of consumers looked up cost information in 2018, up from 14% in 2015.
    • Almost 1 in 4 patients looked up a report card for a physician in 2018.
    • Half of consumers say they are likely to look up price information in the future.

    Source: Deloitte, September 25, 2018


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