Google Wave and PHR

Posted on August 8, 2010 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

In this Sunday’s HUH? news we have a report by Healthcare IT news that Google may be considering using their Google Wave technology for EHR. Of course, I think the writer at Healthcare IT news must have had a deadline or something since the paper written by Google engineers Shirley Gaw and Umesh Shankar about representing “Individual Health Records” that are aggregating from “multiple sources” which sounds a lot more like a PHR to me than an EHR

That minor verbiage aside, it’s hard for me to imagine Google Wave used as a PHR or an EHR. Ok, I get the idea that it would be interesting to see all the clinical data elements added to a patients history in real time (basically what Google Wave does). This is an innovation that is needed. I just think that re-architecting the very consumer focused Google Wave product isn’t going to get us there.

Not to mention, Google has chosen to stop supporting Google Wave. I think Google probably has enough to do with health with Google Health. I’ll be very surprised if we really see the Google Wave technology used in healthcare.