Google and Your Health Record

By Deane Barker on February 21, 2008

Concerns loom as Google begins testing health records system: I can’t decide if this is scary or not. Dangerous? How do you manage security for something like this?

The pilot will involve transferring the health information of between 1,500 and 10,000 patients who have records at the Cleveland Clinic, which already has over 100,000 records stored in its own digital database. Patients will then be able to have access to their own records online, wherever they go (with an Internet connection), which Google thinks will help reduce conflicts in diagnoses and prescriptions between doctors.



  1. Google knows where I am (iPhone locate feature)
    Google knows who I talk to (GTalk and GMail)
    Google knows who visits my website (Analytics)
    Google knows what websites I visit (Analytics)
    Google knows what’s accessible on my site
    Google knows what I like to read (Reader)

    Now Google will know what pills I pop. Great.

    When do we find out they have a secret underground facility doing military testing ala Resident Evil? :)

  2. Don’t forget about Sergei’s wife’s gig, Google wants your gene map as well.

    All cool stuff, but we need a wall between personal data and advertisers.

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