Google Health Portal

Posted on March 28, 2006 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.

Looking over the search terms that have been used to find my site I’ve often been surprised by how many people are interested in my Google Portal for Medical Information. Well, I found some more information on Google looking at doing more with medical information.
Garrett posted on Googling Google about “Google Health What is it?” In it he makes a good point about why would google hire a “Architect, Google Health” if it wasn’t planning to do something nice for health? Well, the real question is what will Google come up this time in the healthcare arena?

eHealth offers some good ideas about Google Health being a mix of a “custom medical search, Google News, list of health search engines, video search, search local to find a doctor, Google scholar for medicine, etc.”, but it also says, “that would underestimate Google’s potential for innovation.”

This really should be interesting to see how google compares to other health search portals like Kosmix.com and the infamous WebMD.

Will this really affect an EMR? Probably not. It might be a nice reference, but it’s going to be quite a while until any portal is good enough to integrate with an EMR program.