Update at 12:19 PM PT: This story was updated to reflect the World Privacy Forum's position on PHRs in general.
Google is set to announce on Thursday that it will be using the Cleveland Clinic hospital in Cleveland, Ohio as the pilot site for its new personal health records initiative.
Between 1,500 and 10,000 patients at the Cleveland, Ohio, facility will participate in the project's test run, volunteering to have their medical records transferred to their Google accounts. The hospital already keeps electronic records for over 100,000 patients in an internal system called MyChart, … Read more
After years of pleading from patients, doctors are starting to offer virtual office visits, or virtual house calls, depending on how you look at it. Of course it's not for major diagnoses or serious health problems--your doctor needs to check you out in person for the big stuff. But for minor complaints, routine check-ins, and the like, why not use videoconferencing? Until recently, insurers were a major roadblock. But now that's changing.
Read the full Los Angeles Times story: "Online house calls click with doctors"
Barry Diller's InterActiveCorp has acquired a significant minority stake in The HealthCentral Network. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.
HealthCentral, which boasts 7.7 million viewers, is a collection of more than 30 sites on healthy living and specific conditions where patients and experts share information.
Diller and Peter Horan, chief executive of IAC's media and advertising sector, will serve on HealthCentral's Board.
IAC invested in Medem, a suite of Web-based physician-patient communication services last year, and its Ask search engine has partnered with Healthline Networks.
IAC isn't the only big Internet company jumping … Read more
The next explosive growth in the microprocessor industry, according to chip guru Levy Gerzberg, won't be powering a consumer electronics device. It will more likely be planted somewhere in our own bodies, under our skin, delivering critical information and executing actions that can quite literally prolong our lives.
Speaking at a forum at the Consumer Electronics Show on disruptive technologies, Gerzberg, the CEO of microprocessor designer Zoran, said that by definition a "disruptive technology" is one that changes our lives in a drastic and positive way. With that in mind, there can be no greater disruptive technology, … Read more
Web search is a whole lot easier than thumbing through a household copy of The Merck Manual when you're trying to find out what you're sick with. A simple search based on symptoms might steer you the right way, but several medical Web services have gone the route of attempting to emulate the kinds of questions you'd get when visiting a doctor's office. One of them, called MEDgle has quietly been offering up a symptom-based medical search tool for the last year.
The crux of MEDgle is the search tool, which either lets users type in … Read more
Read the full story on USA Today: Earthbound mission for NASA: Public health.
First AOL, next a revolution.
AOL co-founder Steve Case announced Wednesday his online health and wellness company, Revolution Health Group, has acquired HealthTalk, pushing his company into the ranks of the second-largest health information site on the Net.
The deal is designed to bolster Revolution's offerings beyond the health and wellness category and into the area of supplying content on chronic conditions. The acquisition marks yet more activity in the online health care arena, which has seen not only mergers but also the birth of medical and health-related search engines, according to American Medical News. There's also been … Read more
Today I'm extremely excited to tell you about a philanthropic gift that my wife Laura and I are making:
We are giving $27.5 million to Stanford Hospital, for two purposes:
First, to significantly enhance and upgrade Stanford Hospital's current Emergency Department.
And second, to fund the creation of a new state-of-the-art emergency facility in the new hospital that Stanford will build -- assuming it is approved by the city of Palo Alto -- over the next several years.
As you can imagine, Laura and I are unbelievably excited by the opportunity to make this gift. In fact, … Read more