Some details about Google's top-secret health project, codename "Weaver," are .
The project (see the sample screenshot below) appears to be a sort of EMR for patients, to keep track of treatments, medications, conditions and doctors' appointments. Questions remain about how the information is intended to be put to use, including whether doctors would be able to access patients' files or if patients could send files or reports to their doctors. (The New York Times as well earlier this week.)
Last November, Google VP of Engineering Adam Bosworth :
"[People] need the medical information that is out there and available to be organized and made accessible to all... Health information should be easier to access and organize, especially in ways that make it as simple as possible to find the information that is most relevant to a specific patient’s needs.”One EMR competitor wrote in a blog comment :
There is something else behind this vanilla data entry application. The functionality represented in these screenflows should not take 1 year and 2 months.Another blog commenter is wary, however: "Kiss HIPAA goodbye! Hello, Big Brother!!!" (HIPAA is the American equivalent of Canada's .)
I expect something bigger than just this. It's either the tip of the proverbial iceberg, or Goog has not been giving it the attention it deserves.
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