When was that tetnus shot? Did I have measles? Where is that last mammogram? What are the blood types of my children? Google Health, just released, might be a good thing but I'm not ready for it yet. After moving so much and trying to keep up health records from city-to-city, the idea of having all the health records online is very appealing. I have found that the hardest thing about a move is getting the doctors in line. I wonder, does every new dentist want to redo a crown? Is that like a dog marking a territory?
Forbes has information -- privacy defenders are worried about it since Google is not a health care provider, it isn't covered by the privacy provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. Although Google says it will ask you for permission to share information, and says you can control information you do share, typical health information protections–HIPAA–don’t apply. Atlantic Monthly's blog writes: With some form of universal coverage on the horizon, public attitudes toward the privacy of medical information are due for a shift. Like it or not, privacy is a second-tier concern compared with the benefits that could come from the widespread use of personal medical records.
I love a lot of things about Google, but this one...I'm a bit skeptical. I won't be an early adopter on this one.