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Some Thoughts, and a Question, on the Declaration of Health Data Rights

I'm a bit late to this, but a bunch of bloggers, self-trackers and companies have endorsed something called A Delcaration of Health Data Rights. The declaration includes four key points, that, "We the people&quot

Big wigs playing in personal health information arena

Next up this morning, representatives from WebMD, Microsoft HealthVault, Aetna, Google Health, and Yahoo! Health are giving presentations and demonstrations of consumer-targetted health information aggregator platforms. Most of these are variations on personal health records (PHR) that can send out health-related alerts to their users; offer online coaches and medication management applications; and generally provide a (hopefully) convenient and secure place for consumers to store and access their personal health information.

An open source electronic health record platform

As much as I am in favor of electronic health records (EHR), I recognize that compatibility is a problem. For example, my EHR at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, which I access regularly, does not link to my records at Stanford Hospital. The efforts of companies like Google to provide online personal health records (PHRs) would allow me to aggregate all of my health information from any number of sources and control access to that data (hopefully in a secure and private way).*

A step forward for Google Health

It's been a while since I have written about Google's efforts to become the home for people's personal health records (see this post, for example). So I am pleased to finally report some news on that front.

Google Health and Trust

Yesterday, I wrote about Google's likely foray into creating personal health records (PHRs). In his December 2006 speech, Google veep Adam Bosworth described one possible solution--a personal health URL . . .

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To your health! Google!

For several months now, there has been a buzz in the blogosphere about Google getting into the health space. It started heating up last December, with a post from Adam Bosworth, a Google Vice President, on the company's official blog. Bosworth observed that people need greater access to reliable health information in general, and to their personal health records in particular.

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