Google's VP of search products and user experience outlined the company's vision in creating a personal health records repository and organizing a health information system.
"If you look at health care, there's already a huge user need, people are already using Google more than any other tool on the Web to find health information," Merissa Meyers said, as recounted by All Things Digital. "And the health care industry generates a huge amount of information every year. It's a natural core competency for us, to understand how to organize all that data."
The initiative definitely has a lot of potential. With Google's range of products (Earth, YouTube, and Search) and its expertise at information organization, the completely developed plan would be immensely beneficial.
Google says it has a definite prototype in the works (InformationWeek). But this is one place where Microsoft already has an up and running platform - HealthVault (NY Times). A view of the prototype is available at BlogScoped.
Google unveils plans for online personal health records (ComputerWorld)