Give Google Health a test drive

Give Google Health a test drive

Summary: We've been talking about it for over a month, and now you can now give Google Health a try before it is launched.  Visit http://64.

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We've been talking about it for over a month, and now you can now give Google Health a try before it is launched.  Visit http://64.233.167.99 (one of Google's datacenters) and search for anything health related.

The results page gives users the option to narrow down or filter to produce desired results.  For example, I searched for migraine and it let me choose from various options including:  treatment, research papers, symptoms, news and alternative medicine.  Clicking on "From medical establishment" gives even more options.

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Basically, Google Health is what I expected -- an enhanced way to search for health related material.  Lots of people were hoping for a more feature-rich product (including myself) but that's not usually how Google operates.  They like to see and hear what people want before they spend time developing what they think people want -- this is how they get things done so quickly.

What do I think?  I like the service as it reminds me of a great product called kosmix.com -- a vertical search engine that was designed to help users find health related content. 

Google Health delivers better results to users searching for medical information without them having to learn how a new service works.  I do hope they eventually expand this service so it acts more like a health information portal.

I'm thinking it could turn into a service like Google Finance that links a bunch of Google services together.  Groups to link users with similar conditions, Images to see visually how something might look, News to see if there are any recent medical breakthroughs, Maps to find local medical clinics, etc.  Right now we just have integration with Search -- but it's a good step in the right direction.

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  • Don't forget...

    I think you really should quote your sources ;-)
    TOMHTML
  • Sources...

    TOMHTML, I was actually tipped off by a reader -- however I do recognize now that there was a nice thread going on at Google Blogoscoped http://blog.outer-court.com/forum/29834.html and more information about it on your blog http://www.zorgloob.com.

    I am never shy to cite my sources... :)
    Garett
    • Re: Sources

      No problem
      Just, it seemed shady the fact of you speak about that shortly after our talks on Philipp's forum ;-)
      TOMHTML
  • RE: Give Google Health a test drive

    Google Health should include information about gender identity. As the leading national nonprofit for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender cancer surivors, Malecare http://www.malecare.com and it's OutWithCancer http://www.outwithcancer.com lgbt cancer project http://www.lgbtcancer.com have shown the significance of lgbt awareness in health care record keeping.
    SusanCancerSurvivor
  • RE: Give Google Health a test drive, looking for goog API

    My company is working on similar line since last 3 years. I am sure that this is going to be a great tools for patient. The security aspects will not be a major hindrance as benefits surplus it. Like today we know the risk of using credit card online though we have to use it.

    There is a plenty opportunity for small and mid size organisation to develop supplementary products for goog user. My company works in web based telemedicine segment. Our site got registration of more than 325 physicians from 28 countries. We are looking for google api to link with google api to import / export data from our application to google and vice-a-versa.

    ehealthopinion
    devenpatel