Google Wants Your Medical Records
from the well-of-course-they-do dept
Despite all of that, there is something to be said for granting individuals more power to manager their own medical records. Assuming Google could make those records more searchable, more understandable and more useful by putting additional services around them, you could see how that could be valuable. On top of that, one of the benefits of such a service could be to allow medical providers easy access to specific, relevant portions of your medical history. However, Google isn't the only player trying to build such a system (with Microsoft having already announced something similar), and as we discussed about a year ago, perhaps a better solution than a centralized system (which is prone to attack) is to allow individuals to store and manage their own records. While some people may feel comfortable trusting Google to store the records, it seems likely that plenty of others will rather control the data themselves, while still being interested in making use of the value-added features one imagines Google will be providing.