Google’s quest to organize the world’s information will no longer include one of society’s most important and sensitive sources of data: our health records. The company announced this afternoon that Google Health will be closed forever and deleted in 18 months
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Making medical records more transparent for patients as well as for basic health research needs is not particularly advantageous to the healthcare industry. It would cost money and expose all kinds of fraud, waste, corruption and medical mistakes that presently fly under the radar. Standardized heath record data is just one big liability and comes with extensive overhead for the whole industry.
Imagine hiring consultants to support any other life and death business process and receiving little or no detailed accounting of the processes, costs and outcomes executed on your behave and at your expense.
I understand the aversion to having the government playing a role, but seriously, this needs a government mandate. The government need to mandate some basic health data accounting rule on behave of patients. Customers, even the lowly patient has a basic right to see some proper accounting of what was performed, what was charged, and what were the outcomes. Not to mention all the lost research data that will, in the long run, cost many patients their lives and the healthcare system vast sums of money that society can ill afford.
We have basic accounting standards around financial accounting! (laughs and nickers abound)
It seem to me that the healthcare industry should have a fiduciary duty to provide effective health data accounting to patients. This seems at least as fundamental as having government mandated financial accounting rules in place. Proper health data accounting rules, after all, can effect the very survival of each and every citizen.
This is an ongoing divide and conquer strategy that the healthcare industry has long applied to all it’s customers. As individual patients we have little power to seize control over our own health data.
We need government mandated accounting standards for all healthcare data!
Sadly even the great Google could not muster the toure de force required to take on this twisted industry!