Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Google Health

Google launched an ambitious initiative Monday, May 19th, that aims to give people a central place online to store their health records and then share them with health-care providers.

The public can now go to www.google.com/health and create profiles that include basic medical information such as existing medical conditions, allergies and any medicines being taken, Google officials said.

People who sign up at Google Health may also import medical records from U.S. pharmacies and medical facilities that have signed on as partners, which so far include Longs Drug Stores, Walgreens Pharmacy, the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and several others.

"Google Health is all about pulling together documents from your doctor's office, labs and pharmacies to provide a holistic picture of your health," said Google Vice President Marissa Mayer, who was joined by health industry professionals to launch the project at a press conference at Google's headquarters in Mountain View, California.

So I'm sure it won't be long until we won't have to fill out that basic information form every time we visit the same doctor.

Cheers...

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