A few days ago, I got a slew of posts in Google Reader about a trial of Google Health scheduled to take place at the Cleveland Clinic. I finally decided to blog about it. I won’t go into too much detail, since that’s already been covered, but I will share my feelings about the service.
First, a little background. Google Health was started over a year ago, possibly under the name of M Scrapbook (Google Blogoscoped) as a service to store all health-related information in an online database accessible to health care providers across the country and around the world. Microsoft did something similar last year, when they started the HealthVault site.
Anyway, I’ve been waiting for this a long time (well, since October, which is when I found out about it, but still), and I’m very, very glad to see it surface as a bona fide service that is going into testing. The trial will serve at least 1,500 patients from the Cleveland, OH, clinic, and the number could go as high as 10,000.
Interestingly, the announcements on the various Google blogs came along with a note that http://www.google.com/health/ now goes to the login page revealed last month, rather than Google Co-op’s Health topic.
So, I’m happy about this for one big reason: It will hopefully give me another Google toy to play with very soon. I’m also happy because my doctors will (also hopefully) put all my information into the system once it’s launched and I give them permission, which would let me access my own medical records without going to the doctor’s office.
I’ve probably talked about this before, but I would much rather Google store my information than Microsoft. It’s also, indeed, integrated under the same account I currently use to access Gmail, Blogger, Google Reader, and all the other services I utilize on a daily (or almost-daily) basis. I don’t particularly trust Microsoft, and the business with WGA and Windows Vista hasn’t helped that negative opinion.
But to get off of Microsoft-bashing, here’s to the success of Google Health! May it be speedily launched to the rest of the United States and the world at large.