May 22, 2008

Google launches Google Health

Yesterday, Google Inc. unveiled its long-awaited service, Google Health. This new service will enable users to upload, store and organize medical records from doctors, hospitals, and pharmacies. Users of Google Health will be able to view the information they stored, from any geographic location. The company said such access is especially useful if a patient becomes ill or is injured far from his or her primary care physician.

Google Health aims to solve an urgent need that dovetails with our overall mission of organizing patient information and making it accessible and useful. Through our health offering, our users will be empowered to collect, store, and manage their own medical records online. Link

Google is also assembling a directory of third-party services that interoperate with Google Health. So, you'll be able to automatically import information such as your doctors' records, your prescription history, and your test results into Google Health in order to easily access and control your data.

Regarding privacy, Google said it is a password-protected service and the company would store the sensitive information of the users on computers that are separate from the company's other services.


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