It's in the hospital that Google Health will be put to the test, says this article in MIT's Tech Review. Doctor's offices, it continues, are moving away from paper-based records -- a cause of fragmented information -- to electronic records. Google Health may be one of the ways to go, if it shows promising results at Beth Israel Deaconess and the Cleveland Clinic. One drawback, though, is that Google is not subject to HIPAA laws, but Beth Israel Deaconess' chief information officer, John Halamka, says "Google has been really pretty compulsive about privacy. If it violates patient trust, you might as well just shut the site down."
Google in the Hospital
May 28, 2008