I was surprised today when Google released Google Health. Didn’t see that one coming at all and still reeling over the implications. My first reaction is concern about a single large corporation being the repository of our private medical records and that Google found a loophole in HIPPA which doesn’t apply in their case. On the other hand with the trend today of putting personal information onto social networking sites and national health info systems like the one in Brazil (written in Java and covering every single citizen including indigents with a health id card) maybe Google being the keeper of our health info makes perfect sense.
Here’s how Google describes the system…
“Google Health allows you to store and manage all of your health information in one central place. And it’s completely free. All you need to get started is a Google username and password.
With Google Health, you manage your health information — not your health insurance plan or your employer. You can access your information anywhere, at any time.”
I signed up immediately of course but found that my doctor isn’t a participant…yet.
Google plans to take over the world…I just wish I owned stock 🙂