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What do you guys think about this new service ? Will you consider using it ?
 

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gees---those guys are going to start a cell phone service and a real estate company before too long

have you got a link?

"Google Docs" is not it (hopefully that's not the one you mean)

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https://www.google.com/health/html/tour/index.html

what the .... are doing?!!!

"Put your entire life from birth to death, and everything in between on the web, (we hope with us) for the world to use someday!"

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have you got a link?
Google Health Tour

With Google Health, you can store and manage all your health information in one place. And it's completely free. All you need to get started is a Google username and password.

So is it safe? Yes! We believe that your health information belongs to you, and you should decide how much you share and whom you share it with. We will never sell your data. We store your information securely and privately. Check out our privacy policy to learn more.
 
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Frickin' FINALLY! I get tired of going from doc to doc and having to fill out the same god damned forms every time. Just give me something to print out and I'll be happy.
 
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Wow, no way!

It's especially a bad idea as long as insurance companies can reject people for pre-existing conditions, IMO.
 
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Frickin' FINALLY! I get tired of going from doc to doc and having to fill out the same god damned forms every time. Just give me something to print out and I'll be happy.
yeah!--you go see a doctor and tell him that you didn't fill out HIS form; and then tell him to go online to get the one the YOU'VE made out already
 
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Anyone that uses an online service to post personal medical information has got to be crazy.
 
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Anyone that uses an online service to post personal medical information has got to be crazy.

Using Google Health indicates Mental Health problems. SO that act alone will disqualify you from getinng insurance :smile:
 
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Using Google Health indicates Mental Health problems. SO that act alone will disqualify you from getinng insurance :smile:
:rofl:
 
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Using Google Health indicates Mental Health problems. SO that act alone will disqualify you from getinng insurance :smile:
Maybe we should add it as a diagnostic criteria when the DSM V gets published.

I would NEVER save medical information online. I don't care what Google says its privacy policy is...those things are always prone to revision and has no effect on hackers. We go to great lengths within our hospital system to ensure patient medical information is isolated from the internet, or only transferred over secure networks (i.e. to transfer digital x-ray images from a radiologist to a physician), and never stored on any personal computers, someone would have to be a complete idiot to want to put their medical information out on the internet where anyone could potentially gain access to it, especially a company whose revenue is based on advertising (their interest in protecting your privacy ends if they can't sell ads to you based on the content of your file).
 
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yeah!--you go see a doctor and tell him that you didn't fill out HIS form; and then tell him to go online to get the one the YOU'VE made out already
Have you ever filled out any of these forms? They are all the same. Address, phone, contacts, insurance info, pre-existing conditions, etc., etc.

Handing someone a chart with all of it already filled out -- typed -- will be a lot better.

Especially when it becomes more popular and doctors get used to seeing the format from GH.
 
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Have you ever filled out any of these forms? They are all the same. Address, phone, contacts, insurance info, pre-existing conditions, etc., etc.

Handing someone a chart with all of it already filled out -- typed -- will be a lot better.

Especially when it becomes more popular and doctors get used to seeing the format from GH.
OK.........try it the very next time you have a doctors appt.---then remember to come back here and tell us how it went.
 
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My only hospital / doctor's record was being born :biggrin:
 
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Have you ever filled out any of these forms? They are all the same. Address, phone, contacts, insurance info, pre-existing conditions, etc., etc.

Handing someone a chart with all of it already filled out -- typed -- will be a lot better.

Especially when it becomes more popular and doctors get used to seeing the format from GH.
Why would you want to save that information online though? If you just want a standardized form, push for a standardized form you can download and save off-line. But, they aren't all the same. Doctors ask a variety of different questions relevant to their specialty. For example, the gynecologist isn't going to ask if you are seeing spots, but the opthamologist better.
 
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Have you ever filled out any of these forms? They are all the same. Address, phone, contacts, insurance info, pre-existing conditions, etc., etc.

Handing someone a chart with all of it already filled out -- typed -- will be a lot better.

Especially when it becomes more popular and doctors get used to seeing the format from GH.
You've got to be joking. You're going to risk someone accessing all of your medical information so you don't have to spend 5 minutes filling out a form? How often do you go to a new doctor and have to do this? I just did it for the first time in 15 years.

If you want a pre-filled form, make one and take it to the doctor. I doubt very many doctors are going to go for this what with HIPPA and lawsuits. Heck, my doctor won't even allow e-mailing of BLANK forms they are so strict.

When I recently had to have the results of a minor test which was negative (nothing wrong) sent to a different doctor. They burned the test onto a CD, I had to go there with ID and sign it out and hand deliver it to the other doctor. They refused to transfer it by any means for security reasons. If my files get into the wrong hands, it's my fault.
 
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I could post all of my medical info on physicsforums for the world to see for all I care. That could be because I don't really have a medical history.
 
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I am a Google addict ;)

If that saves time + looks pretty; why not do it?

I don't think anyone will put his/her real identity there ...

(But, I am just way too young to spend time on it .. )
 
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You've got to be joking. You're going to risk someone accessing all of your medical information so you don't have to spend 5 minutes filling out a form? How often do you go to a new doctor and have to do this? I just did it for the first time in 15 years.
When I was trying to treat my depression I went to see a therapist + several different doctors for the pills. It added up.

I also have some weak sauce teeth so I've been to several docs for things like crowns, root canals, and of course pulling wisdom teeth.

My mom had an injury at work, so now whenever I go to with her to a doc, it's usually a new one that I have to fill out the same damn forms over and over. "Where does it hurt? How did the accident happen? Date of accident?"

Moreover, if I were to ever get in something serious and need to go to the ER, I don't have time to fill out whether or not I am allergic to X or whatever. If there was a way to just pull it up off the web, I'd be glad.

I don't see what the big deal is with medical information. Oh noes! Someone might find out I had testicular torsion when I was 7! What can they possibly do with that except solicit me for drugs?

If you want a pre-filled form, make one and take it to the doctor. I doubt very many doctors are going to go for this what with HIPPA and lawsuits. Heck, my doctor won't even allow e-mailing of BLANK forms they are so strict.

When I recently had to have the results of a minor test which was negative (nothing wrong) sent to a different doctor. They burned the test onto a CD, I had to go there with ID and sign it out and hand deliver it to the other doctor. They refused to transfer it by any means for security reasons. If my files get into the wrong hands, it's my fault.
Yes, the lawsuits would be the main reason docs wouldn't sign on to this, not because of security risks. I mean honestly, people see your medical record whenever you go to a doc. Nurses do. They could easily just spread it word of mouth, but nobody cares enough to do so.

I think that as this becomes more popular more docs will start using it, though.
 
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When I was trying to treat my depression I went to see a therapist + several different doctors for the pills. It added up.

I also have some weak sauce teeth so I've been to several docs for things like crowns, root canals, and of course pulling wisdom teeth.

My mom had an injury at work, so now whenever I go to with her to a doc, it's usually a new one that I have to fill out the same damn forms over and over. "Where does it hurt? How did the accident happen? Date of accident?"

Moreover, if I were to ever get in something serious and need to go to the ER, I don't have time to fill out whether or not I am allergic to X or whatever. If there was a way to just pull it up off the web, I'd be glad.

I don't see what the big deal is with medical information. Oh noes! Someone might find out I had testicular torsion when I was 7! What can they possibly do with that except solicit me for drugs?



Yes, the lawsuits would be the main reason docs wouldn't sign on to this, not because of security risks. I mean honestly, people see your medical record whenever you go to a doc. Nurses do. They could easily just spread it word of mouth, but nobody cares enough to do so.

I think that as this becomes more popular more docs will start using it, though.

But PL, that's all fine and well...you're a young man. But what happens when you're older - imagine you're married and have just had your first kid - and you get turned down for life insurance because you've had depression? And if your health history is easily available to employers (illegally, perhaps...? Who's to know?), can they refuse to hire you because of your health history? Of course they would never say why you don't get the job. You would just have a hard time getting hired, and never know why.

The real problem here is insurance companies. What could you do if there was something in those records (e.g., depression) that prevents you from obtaining insurance or even employment?
 
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But PL, that's all fine and well...you're a young man. But what happens when you're older - imagine you're married and have just had your first kid - and you get turned down for life insurance because you've had depression?
I'm moving out of the USA as soon as I can, hopefully for graduate school even. I am done with the BS here such as the incredible animosity towards science. Let the people here rot for all I care. When things change I can come back.

And if your health history is easily available to employers (illegally, perhaps...? Who's to know?), can they refuse to hire you because of your health history? Of course they would never say why you don't get the job. You would just have a hard time getting hired, and never know why.
Why would it be easily available to employers? Or anybody that I don't want having it? Easy system for preventing theft:

Doctor sends request to your Google Health account. You approve the request. Done. That means you get to choose who sees your stuff. A hassle? Not really, considering you have the internet on your frickin' phone these days. Give it a few more years and you'll have the internet on your socks.

This leaves the possibility of someone getting my password. But it doesn't matter, because someone could also get my SSN, my PIN, whatever. I've never had a problem with those, so I don't see why I would now.


The real problem here is insurance companies. What could you do if there was something in those records (e.g., depression) that prevents you from obtaining insurance or even employment?
Why would they see it?
 
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Why would they see it?
Seriously, have you missed all of the stealing and hacking of records of huge financial institutions this past year? Can you imagine how many hackers are going to try to access this health site? Privacy policy "we won't sell your information" my a$$, that is not my concern, my concern is those files getting into someone's hands illegally, either by hackers, or a google employee being bought. Don't think it happens? Think again.

But go ahead. :uhh:
 
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I'm moving out of the USA as soon as I can, hopefully for graduate school even. I am done with the BS here such as the incredible animosity towards science. Let the people here rot for all I care. When things change I can come back.



Why would it be easily available to employers? Or anybody that I don't want having it? Easy system for preventing theft:

Doctor sends request to your Google Health account. You approve the request. Done. That means you get to choose who sees your stuff. A hassle? Not really, considering you have the internet on your frickin' phone these days. Give it a few more years and you'll have the internet on your socks.

This leaves the possibility of someone getting my password. But it doesn't matter, because someone could also get my SSN, my PIN, whatever. I've never had a problem with those, so I don't see why I would now.




Why would they see it?
I guess you have more trust than I have. I consider the net to be hackable.

I think there's going to be a generation gap on this issue - older people like me won't trust it; younger people like you will see it as convenience.

Like I've said before, as long as insurance companies can refuse to sell a person insurance for whatever reason they make up, I want my health info under wraps.
 
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Microsoft has a similar program, Heathvault, but judging by the way they sold my browsing records when MSN was my ISP I wouldn't trust them.

http://www.healthvault.com/

Even a Hotmail account is a bad idea. Their security is lousy.
 
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Privacy policy "we won't sell your information" my a$$, that is not my concern, my concern is those files getting into someone's hands illegally, either by hackers, or a google employee being bought. Don't think it happens? Think again.

But go ahead. :uhh:
What's stopping a nurse at the doctor's just taking the files? Or photocopying them? Or just passing the information via word of mouth?

And how exactly would a Google employee being bought do anything? They don't have access to it, either. Just because a Ford employee made your car doesn't mean he can get into it whenever he wants to.

I mean, I've never had any website where I buy stuff from get hacked, and I have my address and partial credit card info there. I can access my bank account online. I get all my FAFSA stuff done online. Never had a problem. And if it was that much of a problem, it would have been gone years ago.

But the number 1 reason? I just don't care. I fail to see how a single person could benefit from my medical history. And how would a company find out my history? "Oh hey Poop Loops, sit down let's interview. Oh, and give me a few weeks to hack into your GH account and see whether or not you are healthy enough to do physics."
 
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A lot of insurance companies are playing "GOTCHA" with pre-existing conditions. If a person provides the information to an online service such as Google Health, or Healthvault, it is very easy to leave something out.

There are stories of people forgetting some trivial medical treatment or condition that later led to their policy being cancelled. It doesn't matter that the current treatment is for something totally unrelated to an overlooked, usually older medical treatment.

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/02/12/health/main3822197.shtml
 

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