Sometimes I Feel Like a Piece of Bologna

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Will You Trust Google with Your Health Info? announces that thanks to a partnership with IBM, Google has just released Google Health, a site where users can store and track information about their medical history, to connect to and stream data from medical devices. The service is now on the “More” page of the Google site.

The computing giants clearly want to get a head start in the movement approved in the Generational Theft bill to put everyone’s medical records into a giant database by 2014. They believe that by make the service new, trendy, and ever so useful, consumers will come to accept, yea, even demand, this service.

I don’t know about you, but I do not want my medical information floating around out there in cyberspace. I know, some medical provider groups have computerized patient data, and it is a boon. My mom’s HMO has electronic record, and there is a benefit to it. Her primary can see what the specialist have done and vice versa. The doctor can electronically order her labs, x-rays, and even prescriptions, saving her a wait at the pharmacy. But, the system is limited to that HMO and she could opt out of it by changing health plans. That’s a far cry from having the government having access to the intimate details of my medical care. Especially when another part of the Gen Theft bill calls for rationing care to those of us over 50.

Thanks, but no thanks.

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2 comment(s):

Hi, It's been awhile. Seems to me, electronic everything is here to stay. But I'm not there yet!

By Blogger therapydoc, at 5:34 AM  

I don't have a problem with electronic records within my chosen medical practice. It's a wonderful asset in my mom's care. However, I fear anything that is mandated, universal, or government run. Thanks for weighing in.

By Blogger Pat, at 9:40 PM  

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