Google Unveils Health Service

Search-engine Google has unveiled a plan to help U.S. patients gain control of their medical records and is working with doctors' groups, pharmacies and labs to help them securely share sensitive health data. The company's long-rumored entry into the highly sensitive field came when Chief Executive Eric Schmidt introduced Google Health at a health-care conference in Florida on Thursday. Google said it has signed deals with hospitals and companies including medical tester Quest Diagnostics Inc, health insurer Aetna Inc, Walgreens and Walmart Stores Inc pharmacies. The password-protected Web service stores health records on Google computers, with a medical services directory that lets users import doctors' records, drug history and test results.

"We don't know how to suck it out of the brains of doctors, but we know how to suck it out of the computer systems of doctors," Schmidt said in an interview after his speech. Schmidt said it would likely be a few months before Google Health is offered more widely.

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Why stop at e-Mail? Now Google can know my compete medical history.

Excuse me while I throw up. Oh NO! Now they knew I threw up! Hey, look! An ad for Pepto Bismol just popped up!

I don't give a ****. I have almost no medical record. Living in the border My family doctors are on Mexico

Sounds like an interesting idea. Now the health ads you see could be targeted based on conditions you have. And I'm sure they'll like collecting statistics on the data. I have nothing against it really, as long as the user associations are kept secure.

However, as Google services continue to store increasingly important and private information, something I want them to focus more on is account security and user support. Maybe implement something like PayPal's password generating keychain thing. And definitely have phone support. If I ever have account trouble, I want to be able to be able to call up a number and have the problem fixed right away, rather than send off an email and hope to get a response.

if they do some how target thier ads to your health status thien this means that it is not so secure. i for one do not like my health condition/s to be publikly known especially to maketing gangs. only my doctor and myself has the legal right to this privy infomation. insurance companinis only need to know that i pay my premiums. (sorry for the spelling, this is not my forte).

(belto said @ #6.1)
if they do some how target thier ads to your health status thien this means that it is not so secure. i for one do not like my health condition/s to be publikly known especially to maketing gangs. only my doctor and myself has the legal right to this privy infomation. insurance companinis only need to know that i pay my premiums. (sorry for the spelling, this is not my forte).

Well, look at how Gmail works. It targets ads to you based on the contents of your emails, but that's all done automatically by computers. No one is actually reading your messages.

(jthomas5150 said @ #5)
Man, if you don't have a job, you don't deserve health insurance.

You're an egocentric, arrogant prick. Get cancer and die.

maybe, but what if your injured and cant work all that well to begin with?

cause the way health care in america is right now it's WAY WAY overpriced! .... so unless u happen to get lucky with health insurance coverage your pretty much screwed.

as of now i dont have health insurance and i HOPE i dont ever need it anytime soon cause if i do im pretty much screwed cause most likely they will treat u like crap if you dont have it!

(jthomas5150 said @ #5)
Man, if you don't have a job, you don't deserve health insurance.

Why would you say something like that? Are you really that profoundly stupid? Or are you just a bigot?

I agree that there are many people who don't have jobs as a matter of choice. But for many others, being jobless is a circumstance that's beyond their control: there just aren't any jobs to be had. And yet you would penalize them for that.

But why just pick on the jobless? Why not choose other people with attributes or circumstances that are beyond their control as a condition for denying them health insurance? How about people that don't have the right skin color or who don't live in the right country, or those who have mental or physical disabilities?

But of course I'm sure you don't really give a damn about any of these people one way or another. So why don't you crawl back under which ever neo-nazi rock you came from and stay there. Nobody wants you around here, jerk-off.

As long as they use true 512-bit encryption then go for it Only allowing the involved parties to decrypt.... not including google.

I've worked in Medical IT for ten years (not in the US), and the last people you want storing your medical records is google!

I for one am not against this they must make sure that it is extremly secure and they should be thinking about Americans Abroad whom will need their records from time to time.

An American Living Abroad.

And the more data they suck out of the computer systems of doctors, the better their targetted adverts will be to your own individual needs.