Saturday, June 30, 2007

Google advisory group on health

Google's official blog carried an announcement a few days ago New advisory group on health. It is unclear exactly what the role of this group will be , although there is speculation they will be developing an application for patients to store their medical information online. However the mission of the "Google Health Advisory Council" is stated to be "to help us better understand the problems consumers and providers face every day and offer feedback on product ideas and development".

The selection of individuals to participate has caused some concern by omitting certain types of professionals, such as nurses and medical librarians, and I can only see one patient representative (although I don't know all the individuals or the organisations they are affiliated to.

I am also worried the the "Council" appears to be dominated bu those from North America - when Google's reach is global.

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