Matthew Holt

Google Health — A serious test drive

After all the fuss, I thought that I should take Google Health for a real test drive. So I did. Given that it contains a gazillion screenshots, I did it in the form of a slide show and uploaded it to the slideshare.net website. To view it, you’re best off using the full screen mode (which you can get to by opening “view” (the middle of the three links below the slides, and then clicking the “full button” on the bottom right in the slide on slideshare).

I’d of course love your comments about my conclusions.

 

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Jonathan Woodward DC
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I feel this idea is a bit a head of its time, with the highest users of healthcare probably being less net-savy (research on this??), resistance to status quo by physician offices, and cost disincentives (even if you join will your doctor use the data, if the doctor joins will patients have their data, etc). Seems with all the free storage and email available, there could even be a ‘free’ platform for this concept that would drive more interest from both ends. I understand the costs of data protection are higher, but that could be offset with directory ads (like… Read more »

Jonathan Woodward DC
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I feel this idea is a bit a head of its time, with the highest users of healthcare probably being less net-savy (research on this??), resistance to status quo by physician offices, and cost disincentives (even if you join will your doctor use the data, if the doctor joins will patients have their data, etc). Seems with all the free storage and email available, there could even be a ‘free’ platform for this concept that would drive more interest from both ends. I understand the costs of data protection are higher, but that could be offset with directory ads (like… Read more »

Jack Powers
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I wonder if the motivated healthcare consumer is going to wait around for his providers to get linked. It seems to me there are plenty of other apps that can touch the Google PHR for reasons of wellness, fitness, commerce and sex that have their own adoption curve.
So many people buy vitamins, follow diet gurus, jog and mediate — healthcare beyond the doctor’s reach — that a Google-branded health facility sounds like a billion dollar idea, even if no doctor ever sees one.

Matthew Holt
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Thanks for the comments so far Andrew: I fixed my incompetence–thanks for pointing it out Jordan. I saw your slow lane drive…I hope you finish it (or at least wonder through some of the peaks and valleys) and let us know aobut it 1st Goog no harm: thanks for the plaudits. Re your criticisms. a)”grabbing data from elsewhere” I did say the list of partners was regrettably short. My wife told me about the Quest issue. As is happens I had some lab work to be done this week, so I went to a Quest lab. They told me that… Read more »

e-Patient Dave
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The privacy issue is simply huge. I don’t know why the advocates don’t get it. The lay people I talk to *all* express concern about it; some flat-out say “No WAY I’m giving them my data.” The two most common concerns I hear are that nobody wants a TJX-style hack-in to happen with their health info, and nobody wants to risk Ashcroft-Rumsfeld-Cheney jerks serving up warrantless National Security Letters etc and giving the data to other govt agencies “and other parties,” as authorized by USA Patriot. The other day NPR had a piece about how some Iraq veterans are going… Read more »

1st GOOG no harm
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1st GOOG no harm

Nice job, Matthew! What I so liked: slides 15-19: discussion of Rx checking, & early shortcomings of current implementation (examples: handling of the user interface; warnings without specification of what the person should do next). What could have been better: slide 6: “You can go grab records from elsewhere”. Hmmm….not so often, not so much. Try it, for example, with your Quest Diagnostics lab results. Your MD has to issue you a QD PIN – and unless your MD is so inclined, that’s the end of the road. I’ve tried it – my MD’s office told me that not only… Read more »

Jordan Glogau
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Matt:
I am taking a slower drive myself.
Here are my posts:
http://www.medicalbillingphr.com/blog/
I am also getting comments back from Google at:
http://groups.google.com/group/googlehealthdevelopers/browse_thread/thread/25452459df80c78f#
Enjoy.
Jordan

andrew
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andrew

Good stuff. FYI…you posted to Slideshare.net — not Slideshow.com.