Google Health

By Brian Dolan 08:01 am October 6, 2009
The former head of Google Health, Adam Bosworth, has finally launched his long-heralded consumer health start-up, Keas, according to a report today in the The New York Times. The site offers various personalized care plans for users that aim to take their personal health information and help them make healthier decisions: "Using the Keas system, for example, a person with Type 2 diabetes might...
By Brian Dolan 04:23 am September 3, 2009
Late last week, Microsoft's HealthVault platform and personal health data repository, which the company loathes to call a personal health record (PHR), exited from "beta" status. ZDNet broke the news and received an explanation from Microsoft for the removal of the beta tag: "In order to make the migration out of Beta, Microsoft products need to meet a series of internal compliance requirements...
By Brian Dolan 11:30 am August 18, 2009
While it has yet to rule on whether PHRs should be covered under HIPAA, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has voted 4-0 and issued a final rule that requires certain "Web-based businesses" to alert consumers if there is a security breach of their electronic health information. If 500 or fewer consumers' health information is breached, then the health service provider must alert the consumers...
By Brian Dolan 05:27 am August 10, 2009
Application developer company Ringful announced that its newest application, Asthma Journal, is now available for the iPhone platform. The company also claims it's the first app to integrate with the Google Health personal health record. The application is free. Asthma Journal enables uses to track and report whether they are wheezing, coughing or tight in the chest. The user also tracks the...
By Brian Dolan 07:01 am August 3, 2009
This past weekend, iPhoneDevCamp, a not-for-profit organization that gathers regularly to develop applications for iPhone and iPod Touch, highlighted two healthcare-related iPhone app prototypes called Nurse Brain and Chief Medical Officer. Nurse Brain, which won the "Highest Potential iPhone Start-up Idea" award at the event, is a "communicator for nurses to hand-off important data about...
By Brian Dolan 09:23 am June 5, 2009
Ten percent of Americans believe text messaging is the best way for them to communicate with health insurers, according to the Microsoft Health Engagement Survey 2009, which Kelton Research conducted. The survey concluded that consumers want coaching via email and phones from their healthcare providers to help them improve their own health. 66 percent: Interested in emails from providers for...
By Brian Dolan 12:50 pm May 31, 2009
From the same engineers that designed Google Maps comes an online collaboration tool called Google Wave that attempts to answer the question: What would email look like if it was invented today, instead of some 40 years ago before the Internet even existed? Some have called Google's answer to that question a Twitter-killer, but given the application's status as an open-source project, it could...
By Brian Dolan 08:02 pm May 13, 2009
mobihealthnews had a chance to sit down with Scripps Health's Dr. Eric Topol, who is also Chief Medical Officer of the recently founded West Wireless Health Institute, on the sidelines of the Wireless Life-Sciences Alliance meeting here in La Jolla, California. Topol explained why he disagrees with Gartner analyst Wes Rishel, why EMRs are like the story of the Tower of Babel, how PHRs aren't much...
By Brian Dolan 10:03 am May 8, 2009
In the past few months we have given Google Health a hard time for not bringing more functionality from their PHR onto the mobile platform, indeed, there was a time we noted Google Health's mobile strategy was allowing users to print out a copy of their health information and keep it in their wallet. (Seriously.) After a short interview with Google Health Product Manager Roni Zeiger, however, it'...
By Brian Dolan 12:14 pm April 30, 2009
Click the image for the entire letter... A representative from Google just sent us a letter that Google's VP of Public Policy and Communications Rachel Whetstone sent to Consumer Watchdog yesterday. Whetstone addresses each of Consumer Watchdog's claims and explains more specifically which topics Google was lobbying the federal government about.  "As you know, Google Health is a Personal Health...