Google retires Health, PowerMeter; poor adoption to blame

Google retires Health, PowerMeter; poor adoption to blame

Summary: Google will retire its Health and PowerMeter services because people failed to adopt them widely enough.

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Google on Friday announced that it will retire its Health and PowerMeter services because people failed to adopt them widely enough.

In a blog post, senior product manager Aaron Brown and "green energy czar" Bill Weihl acknowledged that the products "didn’t catch on the way we would have hoped."

Google Health intended to give people access to their personal health and wellness information; PowerMeter aimed to raise awareness about the importance of giving people access to data surrounding their energy usage.

Health will retire on Jan. 1 2012 and make its data available for download through Jan. 1, 2013. PowerMeter will close down Sept. 16, 2011.

Brown and Weihl write:

Both were based on the idea that with more and better information, people can make smarter choices, whether in regard to managing personal health and wellness, or saving money and conserving energy at home. While they didn't scale as we had hoped, we believe they did highlight the importance of access to information in areas where it’s traditionally been difficult.

Specifically: Google Health was "not having the broad impact that we hoped it would," seeing adoption by tech-savvy patients and their caregivers, as well as fitness and wellness enthusiasts, but not the greater population.

"We continue to be strong believers in the role information plays in healthcare and in improving the way people manage their health," they write.

For more on how that affects Microsoft's HealthVault offering, head over to Mary Jo Foley's All About Microsoft.

Meanwhile, despite increasing adoption of smart meters and other intelligent home energy devices and favorable policies in California and Texas, PowerMeter suffered from the same fate: scale.

"Momentum is building toward making energy information more readily accessible, and it’s exciting to see others drive innovation and pursue opportunities in this important new market," the authors write.

Topics: Health, CXO, Google, Legal, IT Employment

Andrew Nusca

About Andrew Nusca

Andrew Nusca is a former writer-editor for ZDNet and contributor to CNET. During his tenure, he was the editor of SmartPlanet, ZDNet's sister site about innovation.

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  • Google is the Lebron James of IT

    It plays the first 3 quarters of the game, and then just quits.
    Your Non Advocate
  • RE: Google retires Health, PowerMeter; poor adoption to blame

    Google will call it quits for all its half-thought/half-a*s products they tried because of greed... Google is just a one trick poney... What innovation have they brought into computing??? Three years from now may be Bing will be the game in town and google will be gone for good...

    Cant trust this company period.
    owlnet
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      Google Health intended to give people access to their personal health and wellness information; http://france-pharma.com | http://bluepillsau.com | http://edproblemsolver.com PowerMeter aimed to raise awareness about the importance of giving people access to data surrounding their energy usage.
      drumandyou
  • RE: Google retires Health, PowerMeter; poor adoption to blame

    Google Health failed because people didn't want to trust an advertising firm with the data they normally only entrust to their doctors.
    OffsideInVancouver
  • RE: Google retires Health, PowerMeter; poor adoption to blame

    10 months from now, I'll bet we'll be seeing this again, but replace Google Health with Google ChromeOS. ;)
    The one and only, Cylon Centurion
    • RE: Google retires Health, PowerMeter; poor adoption to blame

      @Cylon Centurion
      +1.
      Ram U
    • RE: Google retires Health, PowerMeter; poor adoption to blame

      @Cylon Centurion Unfortunately I don't think Google Chrome will go the way of Google Health since it's the second most downloaded browser behind Mozilla's Firefox. It will be interesting to see what happens with big G's +1.
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      Andy 23
  • RE: Google retires Health, PowerMeter; poor adoption to blame

    It seems the irrational Microsoft hate has been replaced by irrational Google hate. From the previous posters, you'd think other corporations provide products/services out of altruism.

    What innovation has Google come out with? GMail, Chrome, Maps/Earth/Street to name the three best Google services out there.

    Seeing as this is the first time I've heard of either Health or PowerMeter, I'm not surprised they didn't attract many users. It seems it is yet another US only service.
    intman
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