GOOGLE to begin storing medical records

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If Google isn't already big enough, they are now running a test program to begin storing the medical records of up to 10,000 patients at the Cleveland Clinic. Google will maintain patient health profiles online, including medical history, allergies, prescriptions and other substantial health information. 

Consumer advocates believe that Googles already has too much power by their ability to track web-surfers habits and interests. This information is then used to direct marketing and advertising traffic to you. Although medical records will be secured, we have all heard the stories of social security, credit card and other personal data being "leaked".

In 1996, HIPPA established strict standards that classify medical information as a privileged communication between a doctor and patient. The third-party services are troublesome because they are not covered by HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. 

Watch Googles competitors as Microsoft and AOL also dabble in this on-line business model.  I also recommend that everyone orders their personal medical record files from the Medical Information Bureau at http://www.mib.com/. This is the service that provides insurance companies information for underwriting purposes.

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Rainer
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Kris Wales
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If I was a patient at the Cleveland Clinic would I have the right to just say "no" to this test program?  This is rather scary.
Feb 24, 2008 08:59 PM #1
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Vincent McKamy
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I have to agree with Kris - I think this is pretty scary.  I know I wouldn't want my health records out there floating around.  Good luck
Feb 24, 2008 09:26 PM #2
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