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7 responses to “The Sorry State of Health 2.0 – Google Health & Microsoft HealthVault”


    well said

    most of this seems to be a joke beyond looking up what diseases you might have rather than managing a problem…

    I think it’s simple define a set of XML that encapsulates any data that might be passed

    create a standard

    I dont want and I will NOT buy your bad metering systems simply because they do not output into a open clean format that i can access and analyze

    I would like to electronically send my records to a healthcare professional

    I am not going to store them with anyone else since I have to update them

    how is that possible without a standard

    just as important is to enforce a standard a industry as rich as the drug industry can surly help here… when someone says they accept electronic records test that facility with test cases…

    I dont think it will be easy but this might be something that someone can actually do…


    John Jones

  2. JHW

    You may also want to add to your list digital preservation and multiple backups that are tested by an independent authority to determine that the data is actually being back up.

    I’ve yet to have my paper medical records disappear en masse, but I’ve had electronic medical records disappear when the system failed and the IT dept. discovered that the back up system did back up the records, and tens of thousands of records were irrevocably lost.

    It is entirely possible that a child today will need their records in 20-40 or 60 years from now, to determine if a problem — like a cataract — is recent or congenital in origin. Until preservation improves, I’d rather deal with the hassles of a paper-based system. Over time, when all cost are considered (personnel time, h/w, s/w, power, etc.), emulation and migration are expensive compared to storing paper files in a warehouse “somewhere”. I’m a strong IT person, but I am not convinced in this instance that digital is “better”. Better for companies, yes, but for patients? I remain unconvinced.


    Google Health and Microsoft HealthVault is doing a great job.This will surely help us in future.Nice post.Thanks for the information.