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Google Health, a sleeping giant, in plain sight?



Google Health is a personal health record (PHR) service that allows users to store and manage their health information in one place. The service was launched in 2008 and discontinued in 2012. However, it was relaunched in 2018 as a new division of Google. Google Health allows users to upload their medical records, including lab results, prescriptions, and doctor's notes. The service also provides users with tools to track their health, such as a weight tracker, blood pressure monitor, and medication reminder. Despite Google Health is not a medical records system per se, it does function as a tool that allows users to store and manage their health information. Users are still responsible for providing their own medical records to Google Health.



A Personal Health Record (PHR) is an electronic application through which patients can maintain and manage their health information (and that of others for whom they are authorized) in a private, secure, and confidential environment. - HealthIT.gov

Here are some of the benefits of using Google Health:

  • Convenience: Google Health allows users to store their health information in one place. This can be helpful for managing chronic conditions or for keeping track of medications.

  • Security: Google Health uses industry-standard security measures to protect users' health information.

  • Personalization: Google Health allows users to customize their experience by adding their own health information and by setting goals and tracking their progress.

  • Collaboration: Google Health allows users to share their health information with their doctors and other healthcare providers.

As you see from the screenshot above, Google Health's Product caters to consumers, caregivers, communities, and researchers all at once.



So what's crippling Google Health from dominating the market share in healthcare, especially in the US?

  • Not all doctors and hospitals support Google Health: This means that users may not be able to upload all of their medical records to the service.

  • Not all health information is compatible with Google Health: The users may not be able to import all of their health information into the service.

  • Google Health is not a medical records system: Google Health is not a medical records system. It is a tool that allows users to store and manage their health information. Users are still responsible for providing their own medical records to Google Health.


Despite these challenges, Google Health has the potential to leverage its technological expertise, partnerships, and data-driven approach to contribute significantly to the advancement of healthcare. By addressing these challenges effectively, they can shape a future where technology and data-driven insights play a pivotal role in improving patient outcomes and healthcare delivery.


Google Health is doing some good moves 👇


Apollo Hospitals, Arvind Eye Care System, Ascension, CIDRZ, MayoClinic, Northwestern Medicine, Rajavithi Hospital, Sankara Nethralaya, Stanford Medicine

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