This week, Google announced that it was shutting down its Google Health service. Does this bode ill for the development and adoption of a universal Electronic Medical Records system? Not at all. It just means that Google didn’t get enough participation in the service to allow them to make money from ad revenue. There is a very good analysis of the situation here.
Now, Electronic Medical Records are not quite the same as Personal Health Records – which is what Google Health was aimed at – but they’re close. I still think that within ten years we will have an effective Electronic Medical Records system that also incorporates features to aid individuals in their personal health tracking. At this point, Microsoft’s Health Vault is the default winner in Google’s decision to close their service, but I think other major players will take a crack at this opportunity. … Apple, maybe?