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Google plans to bring its immense data storage and organization capacities to the field of medical care and patient records, Marissa Mayer, the company's head of search, said at the Web 2.0 Summit
The most interesting fact as to clues on how this might affect those webmasters who work on health/fitness/etc related areas was
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
A health information site, sure, but your personal health records, that is just going waaaaaaaay to far. That is info that should remain between you and your doctor and maybe a health insurance co if they need it. Is there no end to the privacy invasion?
...making records more accessible and portable for patients...That means their minutes per patient has got to go down, and the less time they have to spend finding and going over patient records the better.
What? I can't even start seeing a doctor unless I fill out 10 forms. Then, when I'm seeing him, one of the 20 plus nurses or assistants that work there have already weighed me, taken my BP and have my file ready.
Who in the hell said there were massive problems with doctors finding patients records? I've never seen that before, or even heard of it.
This kind of "do goodism" (a phrase that's deserves it's bad rap), is the same kind of top down, central management, power centered crap that socialist politicians try to sell the voters.
I think that article left out another quote by Marissa Mayer:
"We need this, so you should agree. Then we can have this product and charge you for it, even though we know this was a made up problem and never really needed to build this moronic thing in the first place."
Any idea how much money there is in pharma DTC advertising? Any idea how much companies would pay to target the latest & greatest prescription drugs to people who have indications for the drug and who could probably address their needs with a much cheaper generic or a change in lifestyle habits?
Didn't make sense to me then, doesn't now.
that incorporates personal medical records
they must all have PHD's alright, in cluelessness
one acronym: HIPPA
I couldn't understand why they all thought that was a good idea or the next big thing in health searching.
because plagiarism is acceptable in the best schools now.
Google has developed a prototype online platform for its health offering that incorporates personal medical records
Microsoft has been saying the same thing [nytimes.com] for quite sometime now.
Privacy is a huge issue and one likely to slow the spread of personal health records. But Microsoft’s privacy principles have impressed Dr. Deborah Peel, chairwoman of the Patient Privacy Rights Foundation, a nonprofit group. In terms of patient control, and agreeing to outside audits, “Microsoft is setting an industry standard for privacy,” said Dr. Peel.
Is it where the money is now?
and why do those companies think the same thing most of the time? :)
Nowdays, medicine is practiced in a very disjointed way. In addition to one's primary physician there are often several specialists and its hard to keep everyone on the same page, especially re: medications.
I'd trust Google a lot more than I'd trust the medical insurers, HMOs, and/or healthcare corporations
I don't think medical insurers, healthcare corporations etc are "evil" either
I think some of them are, but in any case, I'll reserve judgment on Google's healthcare initiative until we have more facts.