"The most common transaction we need to improve is the collection of the medication information and some simple diagnostic testing."
That's why it's key, he said, that drug store chains like Walgreens and Longs Drugs are already signed to export their records to patients using Google Health.
Michael Laddon, senior vice president for Longs, called the arrangement with Google an "integration partnership" and described current efforts to create PHRs as "fragmented." He hopes it will allow pharmacists to limit unfavorable drug interactions through greater knowledge.Google Health product marketing manager Missy Krasner, who was interviewed by ZDNet at HIMSS, said the company is talking to many stakeholders beyond the drug chains, clinics, and Web sites who are signed on now as partners. "We currently are in discussions with all stakeholders in health care, including employers and organizations." The number of partners "in the pipeline" far exceeds what is currently shown on the Web site. So watch this space.