One of the weak links in personal health records has been how diagnostic and other data would get into this record. That, and whether the data would be accurate and could be safely relied upon by physicians and other professionals.
Last year, both Google and Microsoft announced the introduction of personal health records. Yesterday
It’s no secret that chronic conditions are what will be driving health care costs, and as the number of elderly jumps with the aging of the baby boomers, costs will keep rising. Technology is probably the only way to trim the cost of people providing day to day hands on care and assistance, enabling some monitoring to be automated.
Forbes reported that, “In demonstrations,
For example, a busy mom can receive daily electronic updates on the health status of an aging parent who lives alone, is suffering from high blood pressure, and is on multiple medications. A traveling businessperson, who is diabetic and training for a marathon, can have a real-time discussion about her blood sugar levels and heart rate with her coach hundreds of miles away.
Google Health allows users to store, manage, and share their medical records and personal health information securely online. Google Health was officially launched last May, and is free to users and available online at www.google.com/health.
“Our partnership with
? Support a wide variety of use cases, including chronic disease management, health and wellness, and elderly care, both in the
? Leverage the power of Services-Oriented Architectures, so that the partners can quickly build increasing volumes of flexible solutions for healthcare consumers and services providers based on modular components.
? Support the rapid growth of open standards through the power of the Continua Alliance, which is dedicated to enabling interoperable healthcare products and solutions.
? Support the development of solutions using the Google Health open platform.
“With close to a quarter of the world’s population overweight, more than 600 million people with some form of chronic disease, and millions more reaching retirement age, the time for greater personal health management is now,” said Dave Whitlinger, Continua Health Alliance President. “Continua member companies like
The technology behind this open, interoperable advance in
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