On the face of it, Google Health released this month in beta is just another personal medical record system similar to a hundred others including Microsoft’s HealthVault.
But Google has designed a specifically open health record: providers,
payers and all kinds of service companies can use the published
Application Programmer Interface to link their data to your Google
Since Google is not a healthcare provider, the privacy
restrictions of HIPPA, the Health Insurance Portability and
Accountability Act of 1996 don’t apply. Health IT security guru Fred Trotter describes why this is a good thing,
and we went brainstorming to see how open architecture might affect
wellness, sex, eldercare, insurance and other health concerns.
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