Google already has your mind. Now Google wants your body!
Google Health is now a live service and I’m not sure if I like the idea of Google having access to my medical records, or if I loathe the idea of Google having both my mind and body in hand.
The idea is simple: Google wants to become your health portal. Google Health seeks to manage your medicine, family history, and the information from your doctors.
Do you want Google to have access to your health records?
In a quick look at the service, it looks very Googlish — but I don’t understand why I would want to add another insanely complicated health portal when my own private insurance company already offers an insanely complicated health portal.
Do two insanities make for a healthier brain?
Here are two, obvious, missing pieces in Google Health after doing simple search for a doctor in the New York City area:
1. Is the doctor accepting new patients? Google Health doesn’t say one way or the other.
2. Does the doctor participate in your insurance plan? Google Health does not offer any insurance plans detail.
What’s the point of searching for a doctor, centering on one in your area, but then having no idea if the doctor is seeing new patients or participating in your insurance?
Today, sadly, managed health care is not about finding a good doctor — it’s all about finding ANY doctor in your area that will see you and take your insurance.
Competence and caring are no longer the prime forces driving American healthcare. Access and payments now rule the day and rue our well-being.
Have you used Google Health yet? If yes, what do you think of the service? If not, will you sign up soon?