Google has redesigned and announced several new projects over the last day or two. In addition to the premiere of Google Sites and a redesign of Google Docs, they’ve also formally announced Google Health.
The Google Blog is officially announcing Google Health. Naturally, the very first bullet point in their list of Google Health advantages (over other online personal health record services) is:
Privacy concerns have run rampant since Eric Schmidt mentioned it publicly last week. At the time, CNN reminded us that Google Health isn’t “covered by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act” (HIPAA) and that it may make “it easier for the government or some other legal adversary to obtain the information.”
Privacy concerns aside, honestly, is this the “urgent need” that Google claims it is? How many of us could decipher our medical records, let alone manage and correct them? Google lists portability, user focus and their “platform strategy” as the features which sets the service apart. For me, at least, that’s not compelling enough to make me want to sign up. How about you?