The writer Frederik Pohl predicted that a service like Google would exist back in the late 1970s, so I loved Google passionately about 20 years before it actually existed.
The Google search engine makes it possible to figure out what happened to your old second grade classmates without hiring private detectives. It gives you the tools you need to figure out where that funny quote you can’t get out of your head actually came from.
Google the company – Google Inc., Mountain View, Calif. (Nasdaq:GOOG) – has mapped strange and mysterious things all over the Earth, sent cars to take pictures of my parents’ house and my late grandparents’ house, and (according to The New York Times) developed a laboratory full of robots that might go to work and do my work for me. If we ever have a colony on the Moon, maybe it will be sponsored by Google.
But Google tried to enter the personal health record (PHR) market with the free Google Health PHR service and fell on its digital tuchis.
A PHR is a patient-controlled and patient-managed version of the electronic health records (EHRs) that doctors, hospitals and insurers are supposed to be developing.
Google started Google Health as a free service in 2008. The company announced in June that it would be ending the service in December. Users will lose the ability to enter new data Dec. 31, and they will lose the ability to get to the records at the end of 2012, according to Google.
Google says it is shutting Google Health down because few people were using it.
Many consumers probably have what amount to messy, incomplete, hacker-friendly PHRs stored in the Google Mail e-mail system and other online e-mail and document storage systems. What was the problem with using an actual secure PHR system?