The new addition to the Google universe allows users to store and manage all of their health information in one place for free. Just like personal finance sites such as Geezeo.com, (in which MainStreet’s parent company, TheStreet.com, is an investor) which allows people to track all of their finances in one place, Google Health will do the same with medical records.
Not only does Google Health organize your records in one place, it also keeps them up to date, allows for patients to research treatments, illnesses and second opinions, provides a database to search for doctors and hospitals, and enables your doctors (and other medical professionals) to view these records. It does not, however, include information about health insurance or providers.
FICTION: Google will sell, rent, or otherwise distribute any of the personal medical record information stored on their servers.
FACT: Information can be completely deleted at any time and such deletions will take place immediately in the account.
FICTION: Google Health charges users to gain access to the site and their records.
FACT: You can choose to share your information with others, view a list of who has access to the information, and revoke those sharing privileges at any time.