More Google Health Fodder – Cleveland Hospital Starting First

Posted on February 22, 2008 I Written By

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The AP had a story today that told about a pilot project using a Cleveland Hospital to test out the anticipated Google Health. Here’s an excerpt from the story:

The pilot project announced Thursday will involve 1,500 to 10,000 patients at the Cleveland Clinic who volunteered to an electronic transfer of their personal health records so they can be retrieved through Google’s new service, which won’t be open to the general public.

I’ve covered Google Health a number of times on this blog and I still wonder what Eric Schmidt is going to say at HIMSS next week. I can’t imagine him not speaking about Google Health at that time. The question is how much will he actually say.

Many people are afraid of what it means for Google to have our Health information. It looks like they won’t have to comply with HIPAA requirements at all. Other people are scared that Google Health will just help Google to offer targeted Viagra (or other drug) ads.

I’m not personally as concerned as most people with Google having health information. However, it is definitely something we’ll have to watch and see how the public accepts it. The AP article described the type of content Google Health will contain:

Each health profile, including information about prescriptions, allergies and medical histories, will be protected by a password that’s also required to use other Google services such as e-mail and personalized search tools.

Too bad most doctors don’t care about Google Health and will probably never use it.